By Kathy Pollard
Waiting is hard. When you’re diligently praying for something and hoping for a quick answer, a delay can be a difficult and trying time.
-Waiting for test results
-Waiting for a Christian mate
-Waiting for a job change
-Waiting for wrongs to be made right
-Waiting for clarification/ answers/ knowing what to do
-Waiting for a heavy burden to be lifted
The advice given is usually something like: Be patient. Don’t run ahead of God. You can trust Him. He knows what’s best. But when it’s been a long wait, you just sigh and say, “I know.” And tap your foot.
This Bible-marking topic is for those times when you’re tired of waiting, and perhaps beginning to wonder if God even hears your prayers. Be encouraged, friend. God anticipated those moments and He has words for your heart.
As you soak in the following Scriptures, keep in mind what the word “wait” means. It does mean to be patient. But it also includes an anticipation, a looking forward to something arriving or occurring. It means to wait in place with expectation. So the advice you’ve been given is biblical. Don’t run ahead of God. But also, don’t give up hope while you’re waiting. In the front of your Bible, write:
Wait for the Lord- Psa. 25
None of those who wait for You will be ashamed…
Read through the entire psalm. Circle all three occurrences of “wait for You/ wait” (v. 3,5,21). Notice what David is asking for while he waits (v. 4-7) and what he is doing while he waits (v. 15). Now go through and underline the qualities of God. At the end of the psalm, write 27:14.
Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.
This is another beautiful psalm written by David. It shows his utter dependence upon God and his refusal to give up (v. 13). Circle both occurrences of “wait for the Lord.” Underline “be strong” and “take courage.” Strengthen your soul with prayer, Bible study, and Christian fellowship. God doesn’t want you to be discouraged. He wants your heart to be filled with courage. In the margin, write “(see also 31:24).” At the end of the verse, write 33:13-22.
Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name.
Circle “waits for the Lord” (v.20). Draw a square around “hope” (v. 18, 22). “Hope” in these verses means “to wait, to hope for.” In the margin next to “hope,” write “to wait.” Underline the phrases that show God still sees and cares: “the Lord looks” (v. 13), “He sees” (v. 13), “He looks” (v. 14), “He who understands” (v. 15), and “the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him” (v. 18). Squiggly underline “our heart rejoices…because we trust” (v. 21). At the end of the psalm, write 40:1-3.
I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.
Circle “waited patiently for the Lord” (v. 1). Underline what God did for David (“He inclined,” “heard my cry,” “brought me up,” etc.). Squiggly underline “many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.” In the margin next to that, write “Others are watching.” When we wait patiently for the Lord, we are living out our faith and teaching others to trust in God! At the end of the verse three, write 62:5-8.
My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him.
Circle “wait in silence for God.” Why do we wait for God only? Draw squares around what He is: “my hope” (v. 5), “my rock,” “my salvation,” “my stronghold” (v. 6), “my salvation,” “my glory,” “my strength,” “my refuge” (v 7). Underline all of verse eight. At the end of the verse, write 130:5.
I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His Word do I hope.
Circle “wait for the Lord” and “wait.” Underline “in His Word do I hope.” What better way to spend waiting time than in drawing hope from the Word? At the end of the verse, write Prov. 20:22.
Do not say, “I will repay evil;” wait for the Lord, and He will save you.
Circle “wait for the Lord.” Underline “He will save you.” Remember, He sees everything and knows all the details. Don’t take matters into your own hands. Wait for God to make it all right in the end. At the end of the verse, write Isa. 40:31.
Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
Circle “wait for the Lord.” Underline all the beautiful promises for those who wait: “gain new strength,” “mount up with wings,” “run and not get tired,” and “walk and not become weary.” At the end of the verse, write Lam. 3:25.
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.
Circle “wait for Him.” Underline “the Lord is good.” Notice what God wants us to do while we are waiting for Him. At the end of the verse, write Micah 7:7.
But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
Circle “wait for the God.” Underline “my God will hear me.” Blessed assurance! At the end of the verse, write Isa. 30:18.
Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for Him.
I know we’re backtracking but I wanted to end on this wonderful thought: God waits for you, too! Circle “He waits.” Draw a square around “longs” and “long” and in the margin next to it write, “literally means ‘waits’.” God waits for His people to trust in Him so He can bless them. Remember His grace and compassion. Remember His desire to take care of you.
While you’re praying, “Please, God,” keep acting in ways that please God. May the Lord bless you as you wait for Him.