Waiting on God is a lost art in the Christian life. Everybody waits, but nobody likes to wait. Waiting feels like a waste of time, an unnecessary exercise in patience, or a foreboding sense that something bad is about to happen. More than we realize, we have grown accustomed to filling our desires instantaneously, and we have taught ourselves to miss out on one of the most rewarding exercises in all of life.
The Bible has much to say about waiting. Commands, encouragements, examples, and promises for waiting saturate God’s Word. To wait on God is to entrust ourselves to His perfect care, to apply faith in the midst of unchanging circumstances, to trust God’s plan over time, and to eagerly anticipate future realities which are being perfectly prepared for us.
The reward of waiting is immeasurable joy in God. He dispenses all good things to His children according to His infinite resources and His flawless timing. Waiting on God fuels our pilgrimage through this life, kindles our affections for eternal realities, bolsters our fight against sin, disarms our hearts’ idols, and best of all, culminates in our being forever in the presence of our great, glorious, and gracious God.