What it Means to Wait
I've gotten messages lately from women who are struggling to navigate seasons of waiting. No matter who you are, where you come from, or how much money you have, waiting is a human experience. My circumstance might look different than yours and yours might look different from your friend at church, but ultimately we all go through seasons of waiting. Waiting can feel lonely, painful, and sometimes too hard to bear. It can be a place where discontentment grows and comparison shoots up like weeds to choke out all the good stuff. Or. Waiting can be a season of sweet intimacy with the Lord where your faith in Him grows deep like the roots of an oak tree. Waiting is a verb and we have a choice for how we wait. I'm going to spend a few days breaking down what the Lord is teaching me about waiting and I hope it encourages you and challenges you in your own season of waiting. I've been studying through this because it's something I need. I need to be reminded of biblical truths that should change my perspective on waiting. I need to preach these truths to myself, probably more than anyone else needs to hear them. So this is for me, but I hope it's for you, too. Today we're going to break down what it means to wait and I've found some really incredible things in scripture to show you.
One of the first verses I started to look at was Psalm 27:13-14 "I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!" I started to look into the Hebrew meaning (remember, Hebrew is Old Testament and Greek is New Testament) of the word "wait" and what I found was so interesting. The Hebrew root of this word literally translates "to bind together by twisting". My mind immediately goes to a rope and how as you twist strands together, you're binding a rope that is stronger than the individual strand would be. I find it really interesting that this phrase is translated "wait" for us. To me, it shows that waiting is active and you aren't alone. In the waiting I am being bound together with Christ, relying on His strength and not my own. It's through being bound together with Christ that I have hope. My hope ins't in my circumstances changing but in the God who is with me, strengthening me in the waiting.
Waiting is a verb, it's something we do. As we are bound together with Christ, we have the opportunity to look towards His faithfulness and preach to ourselves the promises of scripture. Isaiah 40:31 says, "but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint". I love the commentary from the ESV study bible on this verse. When it talks about waiting on the Lord the commentary says, "Savoring God's promise of faith until the time of fulfillment." I love the correlation between waiting and savoring. Waiting is a time of savoring. Savoring literally means "to appreciate fully; enjoy or relish". How often do I actually enjoy, soak in, and relish the waiting? We aren't just savoring some random idea, we have the ability to savor the promises of God. We can savor His character and the ultimate hope of Heaven.
Waiting isn't easy. Sometimes it feels discouraging and sometimes the waiting can be suffocating. But we don't have to wait alone, we don't have to move forward day after day in our own strength. We don't have to live in a place of constant discouragement. We can be bound together with Christ. We can see seasons of waiting, through the strength and eyes of Jesus, as opportunities to savor the character of God and the promises that He's made. It's Jesus who redeems our waiting. It's Jesus who takes something that seems hopeless and makes it good. It's Jesus alone who can give us joy, regardless of our circumstances.
THOUGHTS TO PONDER:
What has been your perspective through seasons of waiting? Has it been easy for you to trust the Lord? What have been some struggles you've encountered during times of waiting?
How could the idea that you're being bound to Christ in waiting encourage you? How can you remind yourself of this truth?
How do you think your attitude and perspective would change if you saw seasons of waiting as a time to savor the character and promises of God?