I wake up, stumble around for a cup of coffee, and land on the couch. Immediately I pull out my Bible and begin with prayer and Scripture reading.
Then, I wait.
This has become my morning routine and I am beginning to fall in love with the early hours of the day.
But my favorite part?
It’s become the waiting.
Waiting on the Lord to stir something in my heart, to touch a tender place that needs touching, and to feel His presence.
But I guess I should start from the beginning and admit that I haven’t always enjoyed the waiting.
I would pray – with a selfish heart – and expect an answer right away.
I read my Bible and thought I’d get something out of it just for opening the pages.
I would listen to worship music and hope that God would talk to me through the words.
And I don’t think these things are bad. I think that anticipating the Lord and His work in our lives is important.
But I wasn’t waiting.
Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength…”
Lamentations 3:25 tells us, “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks Him.”
Micah 7:7 says, “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”
We must wait on our God – looking forward to those moments when He will speak, stir, calm, and correct.
Waiting means being still and quiet and patient.
Waiting means closing the laptop and closing your eyes – silent before the Lord.
Waiting means placing yourself in a physical position of reverence and awe for God.
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I have decided that I will not give up waiting on the Lord during my quiet time. And I’d encourage you to do the same!
Waiting on the Lord will…
- Strengthen your faith.
Isn’t it incredible to watch the Lord work & move & fulfill His plans? But in order to watch these things – to really sit back and observe God’s work – we must be still enough to notice.
There are many moments in my life when I know God was working. However, looking back, I question whether or not I stopped long enough to savor those moments. Did I thank God? Did I praise Him for answering prayer? Was I still enough to experience His work?
When we take the time to be still before the Lord, we will regularly be looking for the ways in which He is working. And this, my friend, will strengthen your faith.
- Encourage further listening.
Like I said earlier in the post, I have not always waited on the Lord. There have been many seasons of my life that caused me to rush through my Scripture reading.
But now that I am regularly submitting myself to waiting on God, I find myself listening for His voice throughout other parts of my day.
For example, I now listen and pray when I’m cleaning, driving, and singing worship songs. Taking the time to wait on the Father in the mornings has encouraged even more desire to listen for His voice throughout my day.
- Challenge your growth.
When you decide to begin waiting on the Lord, He will begin speaking to you. Whether through Scripture, people around you, sermons, the Holy Spirit, or music, God will talk.
And when God talks, we are called to listen and obey.
As you wait on the Lord and hear from Him, you will be challenged to grow through your own refinement. We are on a journey to become more and more Christ-like, and listening to God’s lead will encourage this process of growth in you.
But friend, you must be willing to submit.
So, yeah. I’m on fire about this waiting thing, because I believe we serve a God who longs to connect to His children on deeper and more intimate levels.
When you decide to add waiting to your Bible study time, your faith will strengthen, you will be encouraged to listen more often, and you will grow to be more like Christ.
I encourage you to spend ten or fifteen minutes each morning waiting. Turn on some soft worship music, get down on your knees, and spend time with the Creator of you and me.
Your soul will grow.
And I bet you won’t want to give up waiting during your quiet time either.
Growing & challenging our relationship with God is one of the reasons this blog exists. The mission is to encourage bold living rooted in grace and I am so glad you’ve stopped by!