… But you must return to your God
Maintain love and justice
And wait for your God always….
Who is wise?
He will realize these things.
Who is discerning?
He will understand them.
The ways of the Lord are right
The righteous walk in them
But the rebellious stumble in them.
-Hosea 12:5-6; 14:9
When God seems silent, what do you do? When it seems there is no answer to your prayer, where do you turn? When it seems there is no help in your hour of need, to whom do you turn? When God does call, are you there to answer? Do you know how to wait on God?
Waiting is to cease time-travel. Waiting is continuing in the here-and-now to be faithful to the way and walk of holiness that those who wait upon the Lord are called to do. Waiting is a place of resting in what you know to be true of the Lord God Almighty – in His “name of renown”.
Do not be like those who did not wait on the Lord or answer His call, so that
… they did not realize it was I who healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them. (Hosea 11:3b-4)
Waiting is not a call to inactivity. Waiting is a place of anticipation of how the Lord will act in your situation, what He will call on you to do, how He will bless your trust in Him – in His name and acts of renown – in the here-and-now. Waiting is a place of renewal. Waiting is the place where we sing:
They that wait upon 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
Teach me Lord
Teach me Lord to wait.
Rejoice in your waiting . . . .
The Lord is coming!