The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. Lam 3:25 (KJV)
Many believe that waiting on the Lord means to wait on the Lord for the length of time that it would take for Him to move in our life. However, the Bible itself explains what it means to wait on the Lord.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14 (KJV)
The original word wait in this Scripture is the Hebrew Word Qavah and it means: to wait or look eagerly for, to hope, to expect.
Translating the above Scripture into the original language should therefore correctly read:
Expect in Jehovah, the One True God, be secure in Him, and He will confirm the determination of your heart. Expect I say, in Jehovah, the One true God.
There are many other Scriptures where the word wait is this same word Qavah (to expect). The Dictionary also defines the word wait as meaning 'to expect'. Therefore, to wait on the Lord does not mean that we sit back passively until something happens. It means that we need to be active and expect to see God's Word outworking in our life.
But they that wait (expect) 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)
Those who expect shall have renewed strength. Not those who are hoping or wishing but for those who have a faith filled expectation to experience all that God has for them.
Expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles!
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1
Expectation fuels our faith and we are strengthened because faith is the substance of what we are expecting!
In the Old Testament Jer 1:12 (NIV) says that… God is watching His Word to perform it. The NKJV reads that ‘God is ready to perform His Word’. God was ready to perform everything He said and those that knew Him expected it to come to pass!
It is important to note that we have a better Covenant based on better promises than the Old Covenant. So when it comes to what Jesus has already purchased through His finished work we don’t have to wait or expect God to perform His Word. Why? Because He has already sent forth His Word and healed you, delivered you, forgiven you and set you free! Hallelujah! This is why all of the promises of God are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ (so be it) in Christ. But the exciting thing is that what Jesus has purchased are not promises ‘per say’ but rather PROVISIONS! And if you belong to Christ then this is already your inheritance so you can expect to see it outworking in your life!
Now that is Good News!