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Growing With God Podcast

What is Waiting on the Lord? – Episode 78

We think of waiting on the Lord as a form of meditation. In a sense it is, but it is meditating on the Word; it is not just trying to clear your mind. When we wait upon the Lord, we are waiting for the Word of God to manifest, to jump off the pages of the Bible and appear in the physical world. Waiting on the Lord is an earnest expectation, a moment-by-moment anticipation that we will see the physical fulfillment before our eyes of what God has spoken.
 

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Show Notes:

Waiting on the Lord should be part of our prayer life. It is something we must learn and develop and exercise more consistently. The first step in that process is understanding what waiting on the Lord is.

 

The concept of waiting is anticipating that someone or something will arrive or that you will receive something. It is not nebulous. You are looking to experience something specific in the physical world where you live. Likewise, waiting on the Lord is anticipating that what God has spoken will transpire in the physical world.

 

As believers in Christ the most important promise in the Scriptures is the physical return of Christ out of His heavenly invisible Kingdom to establish His physical, visible Kingdom on the earth. And the most important aspect of what we do as we wait upon the Lord is looking to see manifested in front of us everything proclaimed and promised by the Word of God.

 

It is difficult at times to receive the promises of God because they are often those things that eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, and have not entered the heart of man (1 Corinthians 2:9). As we wait upon the Lord, we go through a preparation process that enables us to embrace what God wants for the earth. Our waiting on Him draws that invisible realm into its fulfillment and manifestation in the visible realm.

 

Key Verses:

 

  • Matthew 24:32-34. “Recognize that He is near, right at the door.”
  • Matthew 24:42-44. “Therefore, be on the alert.”
  • Luke 12:35-37. “Be dressed in readiness and keep your lamps lit.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10. “Wait for His Son from heaven.”
  • Philippians 3:20-21. “We eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • Titus 2:11-14. “Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of … Christ.”
  • 2 Peter 3:1-13. “Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God.”
  • Romans 8:18-25. “With perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”
  • Philippians 1:19-20. “According to my earnest expectation and hope.”
  • Psalm 33:20. “Our soul waits for the Lord.”
  • Psalm 62:1-2. “My soul waits in silence for God only.”
  • Psalm 25:4-5. “For you I wait all the day.”
  • Psalm 37:34. “Wait for the Lord and keep His way.”
  • Proverbs 20:22. “Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.”
  • Isaiah 40:30-31. “Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength.”

 

Quotes:

 

  • “We must recognize first and foremost that we are waiting for something. There is something real that is going to happen. We are waiting upon the Lord with the word of God, with the Lord himself; for the Word gives us the truth of what is going to happen in the world around us.”
  • “There is something in this waiting upon Him that connects the visible realm and the invisible realm. And it draws that invisible realm into its fulfillment and manifestation.”
  • “In the land of Israel we are watching prophecies fulfilled as though they are leaves springing forth from the branch of a fig tree. Therefore, we recognize that we are the generation that will not pass away until these things take place.”
  • “Learning to wait upon the Lord positions us; it moves us into the place, both spiritually and physically, where we need to be in order to engage and receive the Master at His coming.”

 

Takeaways:

 

  1. Waiting on the Lord is something that we need to do constantly. We need to practice and grow in our ability to wait upon Him just as we need to have a prayer life.
  2. Be dressed in readiness and keep your lamps lit. Be like those who are waiting for their master to return so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks (Luke 12:35-36).
  3. We need to study His Word to know those things that were prophetically promised and have an earnest expectation to see them transpire in the earth.
  4. Let us learn how to reach in with hope, waiting with an intensity of spirit, an earnest expectation, that literally begins to manifest God’s Word through faith.