Expect Him: What It Means To Wait On The Lord

If you are currently in a season of your life where you’re waiting on the Lord’s answer to a need or desire that’s on your heart, then this post is for you. ❤

There have been a great many instances in my life when I sought the Lord’s direction. This was especially true when there was an event I wanted to attend, a career path I wished to pursue, and so on and so forth.

Before moving forward, I’d bring it all before the Lord in prayer, because I knew that the only way I’d succeed and enjoy doing what I desired to do was if I had His blessing.

However, I didn’t stop there. I’d pray about it for a bit and hope that the answer was a resounding “yes!”, then I’d take the next step in pursuing that thing, even if that meant trying to force open a door He hadn’t opened for me.

I’ll know in my heart when something is of the Lord, but I am often not willing to wait on His timing.

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It is difficult to wait for the Lord to say “now,” because when we have an awesome idea that we’d be happy to start the process of working toward today (whatever that may be), waiting seems pointless. We convince ourselves that since we have the idea now, then the time to do it is now. Waiting at all is a waste of time because the earlier we start, the sooner we succeed and are happy – right?

There have been several times in my life where the Lord’s answer to my prayer was: “Yes, but wait.”

That’s never something we want to hear.

Recently, I read a verse in my Bible that gave me a completely different perspective on what it means to wait on the Lord. Much of my walk with Him has been spent trying to figure out how to patiently wait for His will to be done, so when a Bible verse stands out to me and encourages me to rest in His timing, I take note of it.

Here’s the verse:

“Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.– Psalm 27:14, emphasis mine


When we wait on the Lord for an answer to something, it doesn’t mean we ask for it once, then stop and hope He’ll consider responding to us. He tells us in His Word to expect Him! This means that having faith in Him relies on our belief that He will answer us.

He may not answer you in the way you think He will or when you think He will, because very little of what the Lord does is expected or can be predicted. He has His own timing that is so much higher than ours.

When He asks us to wait, it’s to prepare us. It’s to draw us closer to Him, to stretch our faith in Him. It’s to teach us that even when He has us wait for something, it is beneficial for us, and all for His glory.

So, whatever you may be waiting on the Lord for today – a job, a relationship, etc. – you are in His hands. Take this time of important waiting to grow closer to Him, to see the situation from His point of view. He never has us wait to no purpose; He always does it in love. Trust that He has your best interest in mind – I know He does!

Ask Him how you can learn to patiently wait on Him. Maybe there are steps you can take today that will lead you to where you desire to be tomorrow. Maybe there are people you can encourage right now who are in the same situation as you. There are opportunities to be seized in this present moment that would not be available to us if we got everything we wanted right now. See your experiences as something to learn from and inspire others through.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28


I pray that this post would be an encouragement to you today! Continually seek the Lord and expect Him to answer you, for He cares greatly for you. Thank you so much for reading. ❤

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