I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.” (Psalm 130:5, NASB95)

Waiting seems to be the common lot of those who follow the Lord.  There is something about waiting that deepens our relationship with and trust in God. Charles Spurgeon writes: ” The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes.”  We do not enjoy waiting, but God understands what we need better than we do.  And so we are called to wait.

Waiting is not without promise, however.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings as eagles; They shall run, and not be weary; And they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, KJV 1900)

God promises to give us endurance in the waiting and he is as good as his promises. ” If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for him. He is worth waiting for,” writes Spurgeon.

While we are waiting we hope in his word.  We do not wait in a vacuum, but in the presence of solid and good promises from our Lord which we find everywhere in his word.  Indeed, it is God’s word that is the cement in the flagstones of our waiting.  It grabs us and holds us and makes sure that we do not move or fail.  God’s word “is the source, strength, and sweetness of waiting. Those who do not hope cannot wait,” says Spurgeon. He continues, “Waiting, we study the word, believe the word, hope in the word, and live on the word; and all because it is “his word,”—the word of him who never speaks in vain. Jehovah’s word is a firm ground for a waiting soul to rest upon.”