“And it will be said in that day: Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”
At the end of 2019, Pastor Billy Johnson spoke over the church that a “new thing” was coming. In a series of sermons, we have heard about the peace and will of God and increasing our faith in order to operate in the wake of this “new thing.” We also learned about knowing and praying God’s will. In order to position ourselves for that “new thing” we need a new level of faith. Faith begins where the will of God is known, and now we must wait on the will of God.
Because we live in a society that doesn’t often allow us the practice of waiting, we are nearly out of shape. With technology there is so much we no longer have to wait for, we can simply have it now. But now we have been asked to wait. However, there is a weight that we carry in waiting for God to manifest the promise.
“In order for us to have the faith that we need we must wait.” – Minister Michelle Jackson
In pregnancy now, there is a special sling made for the mother-to-be that is worn in the latter weeks of pregnancy. The sling is positioned to provide support because closer to the time of the baby’s arrival it becomes heavier. The wait of the birth actually becomes a weight. As we wait on God to manifest, the Holy Spirit and our faith act as a sling to provide support as we wait on God.
The Manner of Waiting
Psalm 62:1 – “Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.” Abstain from mumbling and complaining and wait quietly. Be silent and rest in the will of God. While silent we can better hear the voice of God and discern that it is truly His word and not the voice of our own emotions, our own guilt or our own expectation. We can not let our emotions dictate, for even our emotions must be subjected to the will of God.
Psalm 37:7 – “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.” Scripture tells us to wait patiently, keeping our eyes fixed, continuing to pray the will of God and act on that will while waiting patiently.
Wait While Suffering
Psalm 69:3 – “I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God.” As we wait on God for this “new thing” there will be challenges we will go through. We must endure the suffering.
Wait with Courage
Psalm 27:14 – “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Courage is to act in spite of the fear. Faith stretches you to have the courage to act and continue to wait for the manifestation of God’s will. Courage allows us to step into the unknown, and we have to be found doing what God has told us to do while we wait on this “new thing.”
Wait with Great Expectation & Great Hope
Psalm 130:5-6 – “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning – Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.” We must have that same expectancy and fervor from the start to the finish. God tells us He will bless us for waiting on Him, and that those who wait will not be ashamed.
God’s Promises While We Wait
- Those who wait will not be ashamed – Psalm 25:3
- Those who wait will inherit the land – Psalms 37:34
- He hears me, brings me out, causes me to stand, establish my ways, and puts a song in my mouth -Psalms 40:1-3
- He will save us – Isaiah 25:9
The scripture tells us in Psalm 37:34 & Psalm 40:1, that while we wait, we do not have to provide explanations of why. We simply wait in silence. Scripture also tells us to not let the enemy make you think that God doesn’t hear you. God is listening. But in your wait for His will He is taking the time to take you out of the pit, pull you out of the quicksand, set you on a firm foundation of His love, and establish your steps. All this occurs while you are waiting on God.
“In our waiting time, God wants to refresh us and renew us in His will, and teach us something.” – Minister Michelle Jackson.
God is teaching us something through this manner of waiting. The ultimate reason for waiting is so God can prepare us for this “new thing.” Because there is nothing like getting the “new thing” and not being ready for it. We need to take time to wait on God as He knows and His timing is perfect.