To wait on the Lord simply means to stand firm on what God has already spoken to you. To wait on God’s answer, voice, or promise in prayer is an essential part of our earthly walk with God.
However, for many, the deepest pain of waiting on the God lies in the sense that God, who once seemed so near, now feels so far away. Oftentimes we may find ourselves saying with David, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13:1). The heavens were once a window; now they seem more like a wall.
Remarkably, Israel’s psalmists and prophets did not take God’s felt absence as reason to doubt and turn away from Him. In their waiting, they kept a fundamentally God-upward posture: their knees bent and their prayers and eyes lifted to the God they could not see. The minor prophet said this in Micah 7:7, “As for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”
So what do you do in the proverbial wait?? Well, the short answer is to faithfully look forward to God’s promises to manifest. With God’s past faithfulness fresh in our minds, we can dare to the look toward the future with hope. We can take our stand like a watchman on the walls, and say with unshakable faith, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope” (Psalm 130:5). God’s promise now no longer seems like an empty word, a fragile wish: it will come as surely as the dawn (Psalm 130:6).
My brothers and sisters, God is not just found in our blessings, answered prayers, and miracles. God is also found in the waiting. He’s in our moments of silence. He’s in the seeking, asking, and surrendering. He’s also in the hard and in between times. Even if we don’t see or feel it, the Lord is with us and He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deut 31:6) and He will never change.