Psalm 130:5-6 – “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”
Isaiah 40:31 – “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Psalm 37:34 – “Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.
Are you in the place of waiting on God? It’s not an easy place to be, is it? We like to have control of the steering wheel and go where we want and get there the way we want to get there. If you’ve ever been flying, you know that there is a lot of waiting that happens. There is the waiting at the gate. There is the waiting to take off once you are on the airplane. And then sometimes there is the waiting that happens right before you are about to land; the holding pattern that air traffic control puts your airplane in because of some holdup at the airport you are landing in. And then there is the dreaded waiting that takes place after you have landed. Your seat is at the back of the airplane, you only have 20 minutes to make it to your connecting flight, the flight crew will not open the doors, and the people in the plane do not care that you need to make your connecting flight. The waiting can be terrible!
For some of you, God has you in a holding pattern right now. We want what’s next, right now, but instead God has us waiting for a time till he makes it clear what is next. Sometimes we take the wheel and land the plane before it is ready, and we inevitably crash. Sometimes we see evidences of God giving us direction as to where to move forward; and we are paralyzed in fear, and so we keep ourselves in a holding pattern.
The three passages I quoted above speak to our situation. When God has us in a holding pattern of sorts, he first is telling us to diligently watch. The psalmist in Psalm 130 sees himself as the watchman waiting for the morning. This watchman would have been perched on the tower of a castle during the night hours. Their job was to watch for intruders in the darkness. The darkness inhibits their eyesight, so their eyes strained as they leaned forward looking for movement. They longed for the morning. This is how we are to wait. We are to gaze forward, looking for any and all evidences of God leading us forward.
Second, God helps us to see that when we are in these holding patterns, waiting for him to lead us forward, he tells us that strength will come to us as we wait. We will run and not grow weary, walk and not faint, and even mount up with wings like eagles.
Third, the promise we are given in Psalm 37 gives us the reason that we are waiting. As we wait on God to lead, we are promised that when we wait and we act as God is leading, he will exalt us and bring to us that which we are waiting on!
As we wait, may we lean forward as we listen and as we experience the strength that can only come from God in our waiting!