What are the Benefits of Waiting on the Lord? We will look at them along with the necessary ingredient involved in waiting – patience. Not only are we supposed to wait on the Lord, we are supposed to do it patiently. Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit but we usually don’t like to pray for it because, if you pray for it, the tests that require waiting on the Lord will come. But the benefits of waiting on the Lord with patience are so wonderful that is is definitely worth praying for.
Psalm 37:7 is our foundational scripture in relationship to the discipline of waiting patiently on God.
Be still before Adonai;
wait patiently till he comes.
Don’t be upset by those whose way
succeeds because of their wicked plans. Psalm 37:7 CJB
This verse gives us instruction to be still, wait, and wait patiently. As we wait, we are not to be upset by what is happening, or not happening, around us. Sometimes, being still before God is difficult because we’re agitated, worried, disappointed, hurt, or anxious in some way. There is something we want and we may feel a great urgency. However, we need to be able to quiet our soul so that we can speak and hear with clarity or, not speak at all until our soul is quieted.
In the original language ‘be still’ means to cease fretting and wait patiently; stop spinning. The word wait is ‘chuwl’ which means to spin or worry. So the admonition is clear. Chuwl is also used for whirling and dancing before the Lord but the context here is to stop and be still or patient, to be quiet before God.
Bible Verses About Waiting Patiently
- Psalm 25:4-5 ESV – “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”
- Psalm 30:20-22 ESV – “Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”
- Psalm 46:10 CJB – “Desist, and learn that I am God, supreme over the nations, supreme over the earth.” Desist = stop, cease, or quit.
- Psalm 62:5-6 CJB – “My soul, wait in silence for God alone, because my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and salvation, my stronghold; I won’t be moved.”
- Psalm 130:5-6 CJB – “I wait longingly for Adonai; I put my hope in his word. Everything in me waits for Adonai more than guards on watch wait for morning, more than guards on watch wait for morning.”
- Psalm 131:1-2 CJB – “Adonai, my heart isn’t proud; I don’t set my sight too high, I don’t take part in great affairs or in wonders far beyond me. No, I keep myself calm and quiet, like a little child on its mother’s lap — I keep myself like a little child.”
- 1 Thessalonians 4:11 CJB – “Also, make it your ambition to live quietly, to mind your own business and to earn your living by your own efforts — just as we told you.“
What does waiting imply?
There are many, more verses about waiting for the Lord in the link at the end of this article. The word ‘waiting’ implies patience. However, we can grow impatient in our waiting for almost anything. Most of us live in an impatient society. McDonalds used to say they would deliver your order in 1 minute. Not sure that’s still true today, but they’re very fast and that’s part of their appeal. We get impatient about standing in line or waiting for a seat in a restaurant.
You may also get impatient with God but His timetable seldom matches ours and His picture of what is best for us does not always match our picture. We ask and then grow impatient. If we fail to be patient, we often do things we regret as they turn out badly for us. Had we been willing to wait on God, we would have reaped the benefits of waiting upon the Lord.
Fruit of the Holy Spirit – Patience
We know from Galatians 5:22-23 that Patience is one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. There are nine fruit – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. They are not in any particular order because we know that in 1 Corinthians 13, Paul said, “Now abide faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.” Here, he listed love last even though it’s the most important.
What Does Patience Mean?
The definition of patience is – “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” BibleHub defines it this way – “properly, long-passion, i.e. waiting sufficient time before expressing anger. This avoids the premature use of force (retribution) that rises out of improper anger (a personal reaction).”
Just reading that definition might be enough to get us upset about the whole idea of patience! We usually appreciate it deeply when others are patient with us as we learn and grow. We are definitely grateful to God for His unending patience. So, it is only natural that this quality would be a ‘fruit’ we should have growing in our lives. We were made in God’s image and He’s patient.
What is the Difference Between Patience and Perseverance?
Above we saw the definition of patience. It is a capacity or inward quality we develop and cause to grow through practice. So, what is perseverance? The definition of perseverance accordance to Miriam Webster is, “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.” Endurance and steadfastness are synonyms for perseverance. If you persevere, it means you’re not giving up or at least not easily. Here are some Scriptures talking about steadfastness:
Regard it all as joy, my brothers, when you face various kinds of temptations; for you know that the testing of your trust produces perseverance. But let perseverance do its complete work; so that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 CJB
How blessed is the man who perseveres through temptation! For after he has passed the test, he will receive as his crown the Life which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 CJB
So then, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us, too, put aside every impediment — that is, the sin which easily hampers our forward movement — and keep running with endurance in the contest set before us, Hebrews 12:1 CJB
So make up your minds not to worry, rehearsing your defense beforehand; for I myself will give you an eloquence and a wisdom that no adversary will be able to resist or refute. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends; some of you they will have put to death; and everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will be lost. By standing firm you will save your lives.Luke 21:14-19 CJB
As you see in Luke, even Jesus talked about standing firm or persevering. Paul says that testing produces perseverance and that perseverance will do a work inside you making you complete and whole, lacking nothing. James says that that if we keep running (persevere and don’t give up), we will receive the Life – eternal life.
Bible Verses on Patience
Here are some verses on patience to help you see that it is not only a fruit of the Spirit, it is also necessary and a benefit to us. Some of these verses use the word ‘wait’ but, as we see, waiting and patience in relationship to God are almost the same thing. Our waiting must be accompanied by the fruit of the Spirit – patience. In fact, waiting is one of the disciplines that increase and strengthen the fruit of patience.
- Romans 12:2 ESV – “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
- Romans 8:25 ESV – “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.“
- Isaiah 40:31 ESV – “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.”
- Colossians 3:12 ESV – “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:14 ESV – “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.”
7 Benefits of Waiting Upon the Lord
So, what are the benefits of waiting upon the Lord? They are connected to the benefits of patience and perseverance.
1. Waiting Teaches Us Yield to the Holy Spirit
Jesus is the One who gave us the Holy Spirit as our constant companion, teacher, protector, and advocate. If we’ve truly died to self and crucified the old man, then we are to live by the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:14 says that all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons (and daughters) of God.
One of the nine fruit of the Spirit of God who dwells inside us is patience – the ability to wait. So, that fruit will grow and our ability to yield to, or be led by, the direction of God sent through the Holy Spirit, will grow. Fruit is meant to grow. If it shows up and then shrivels up or is thrown away, it’s useless. It’s meant to be grown and to be used to gain strength – to feed us and to be fed to those around us. One of the signs of a mature Christian is the patience and ability to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the flesh.
2. Waiting Makes Us Grow Strong in God
We see that the fruit of the Spirit brings strength. We also see in Isaiah 40:31 that the benefits given to those who wait on the Lord are renewed strength, flying like eagles, running without weariness, and walking without fainting. You might ask how those things apply to you since you aren’t an eagle and you have grown weary.
These things are not always literal. God gives us renewed spiritual strength if only we will learn to wait patiently upon Him. I’ve had times when I was exhausted and deeply wounded spiritually. But, when I went to God and quieted myself, stilled my heart and mind, I found inner healing and renewed strength.
Not Feeling Much Like An Eagle?
How can you fly like an eagle? Eagles fly higher than any other bird. They can soar above all their adversaries into the highest places and yet still see exactly what they’re hunting below. God is high above all things, yet tells us we can soar like an eagle. According to the word, we are seated in heavenly places with Jesus. We can soar above all that wants to destroy us here on earth and, while we soar, we can hear God if we will just be patient and persevere.
I have felt the weariness of serving the body of Christ, and felt like I was tired of the struggle, that I wanted to faint. However, as I said above, my healing came in the quietness of my soul as I opened myself completely to my God and Savior. He helped me soar above all of my problems and see Him. It is the same for all of us.
3. In Waiting We Reap A Harvest of Good
God is good. All that He does is good. One of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is goodness. Galatians 6:9 ESV, says, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Don’t give up. Perseverance and waiting are tied together. Don’t get weary. Isaiah 40:31 tells us how to maintain our strength and this verse tells us how to reap good by not giving up.
James 5:7 tells us to be patient toward God like farmers are toward the harvest of their crop. You can’t reap a harvest without waiting patiently for the crop to grow and come to maturity. Some things take longer than others but the farmer must wait. If he starts digging things up too soon, he gets nothing but dead, half-matured crops that are worthless. There is nothing good. We can reap a harvest of good in God if we will wait patiently for Him.
4. Waiting Lets Us Discover Hope and Harmony
As we wait patiently until we hear from God, He gives us hope.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, Romans 15:4-5 ESV
What was written in the ‘former days?’
Endurance is built by waiting patiently on God and from His promises in the Old Testament. We are to have endurance. Endurance is related to perseverance. If you persevere through hard times, you are also said to have endured.
In Colossians 1:11-12, Paul says he is praying for the people of Colossae, “that you will be continually strengthened with all the power that comes from his glorious might; so that you will be able to persevere and be patient in any situation, joyfully giving thanks to the Father for having made you fit to share in the inheritance of his people in the light.” There is a lot to see in those two verses. First, we should be praying for others to be strengthened with all the power that comes from God’s glorious might.
Why do we need all this power? So that we will be able to persevere and be patient in any situation. Not only that, but we will be doing this waiting and persevering while we joyfully give thanks to God for making us fit to share in the inheritance of His people in the light!
What is that Inheritance?
That inheritance is forgiveness through Christ, His second coming, and the gift of eternal life. Our inheritance is wholeness and unity with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It’s a kingdom where there is no weeping, darkness, or sorrow. Our inheritance is complete renewal and it is eternal.
Being patient in any situation can be hard. Paul understood this but, above all, he knew the dire need for it. If you were being persecuted by the Romans, you might not feel very patient toward God. Personally, I would want some immediate deliverance! However, Paul exhorts us to be patient in any situation while joyfully giving thanks to God for having made us fit to share in our inheritance. This kind of patience comes through faith and faith comes by hearing. We hear Him the best when we are quiet, when our soul is quiet, when we have put self aside to allow God to speak, heal, and give us His strength,
6. Through Waiting We Receive God’s Grace and Mercy
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him. Isaiah 30:18 ESV
Notice who else waits – God! He also patiently waits on us. He waits to be gracious and exalts Himself to show mercy to us. And, we are blessed as we also wait on Him. Waiting is a sign of trust. I’m willing to wait for something promised to me by a person I know I can trust. I’ve learned I can trust them through their past actions. I can trust that they’ll bring me what they said and that it will be a good thing. God longs to give us every good thing He can possibly give if only we’ll wait and trust Him.
What does God’s Justice have to do with this?
God has forgiven all of our crimes (sins) because we believed in and received His Son Jesus. As a result, His justice means that He then extends His grace, mercy, compassion, goodness, faithfulness and perfect love to us. We haven’t earned it, but Jesus did on our behalf. Because He is a just God, people who reject Christ are not recipients in the same way. Not because God doesn’t want them to have all this, but because they have said no to all of it. He is ready at the door of their heart to give it all to them but they must choose.
For those who have chosen Christ and surrendered themselves to Him, dying to self and living for Him, all these things are poured out in abundance as we wait patiently for Him.
7. Waiting May Mean Not Getting What We Wanted
“Whoa,” you say, “this is not a benefit.” Yes, it is. As we wait patiently and quietly upon God, we gain a new confidence that He’ll give us what is best for us, not necessarily what we wanted. His answer was what was best for us. What we wanted might have been the worst thing God could have given us. When we wait, we must do it by laying down our expectations in regard to timing and how the answer looks. Waiting involves trust.
Years ago, after my late husband and I had started a church, we were in bad shape financially. The support we had been told we would receive for one year was cut off without notice after only 6 months. We were broke and scared. One day, I was driving home pouring out my complaints to God – the opposite of patiently waiting! Then God reminded me of something – “Before you started the church, you told Me that you would do anything and give up everything to follow what I was asking you to do.”
Laughing while waiting
I started laughing at myself because, I had said exactly that by promising God I would do anything to follow His words to us. Then I replied to Him, “This isn’t what I had in mind!” Still laughing as I did it, I realized that I was in a time that required patiently waiting to see the full revelation of what God was doing. I wasn’t getting what I thought I would. Being flat broke with almost no income from the church was not what my vision of starting this church looked like.
Is Waiting a Guarantee?
Patiently waiting upon the Lord isn’t a guarantee you’ll get exactly what you wanted, what you saw in your own mind as being the answer. Waiting on God is about continuing to wait, trust, pray, and keep a quiet heart. We continued to pray and wait and guess what? We made it through. I took a job in town and my husband took a part-time job. We had money to pay our bills until the paychecks came. And, getting jobs in the small town we lived in was not usually easy. God answered and gave us what was best for us and what happened was one of the benefits of waiting upon the Lord.
In my life, I’ve experienced many other instances of asking and not getting what I thought I needed and waited patiently for. Instead, I got exactly what God knew was best. Why? Because it caused growth in me, taught me to trust, deepened my faith, and moved me into areas or activities I would not have otherwise found. The benefits of waiting upon the Lord come in a huge variety but they’re always good, even when we don’t think so.
Does Waiting on God Mean Doing Nothing?
One of the benefits of waiting upon the Lord, is learning to wait after you waited! While you are waiting, you pray, trust, and don’t make any changes that He might have said not to make. While you wait, you wait some more. You pray more. You spend more time in the Word. Waiting is active, not passive. If you’re praying for a job, you don’t sit at home playing video games! You pray asking God for a job and for the job He wants you to have. Then you start sending out job applications. You knock till the door opens.
You pray and wait patiently, you get an answer you don’t understand, and then you wait upon the Lord again to see the gold in the midst of the dross! Gold is refined in heat and we don’t usually like it when God turns up the heat. However, that discomfort and stripping away is exactly what we need. So, we learn to wait after we waited.
The benefits of waiting upon the Lord and then waiting again are so inexplicably wonderful! Not getting what you wanted may be the very greatest of the benefits of waiting upon the Lord!
7 Benefits of Waiting Upon the Lord
Here are the 7 Benefits of Waiting Upon the Lord:
- Waiting Teaches Us to Yield to the Holy Spirit
- Waiting Makes Us Grow Strong in God
- In Waiting We Reap a Harvest of Good
- Waiting Lets Us Discover Hope and Harmony
- Waiting Makes Us Fit to Share in the Inheritance of God’s People
- Through Waiting We Receive God’s Grace and Mercy
- Waiting May Mean Not Getting What We Wanted
All these aspects represent what it means to find the benefits of waiting upon the Lord. It involves patience, perseverance, and death self and our preconceived notions. It is about trust. Click the image below to get the Bible Study Verses on Waiting, Patience, and Perseverance.
I pray that you are built up and inspired to increase your ability to wait patiently upon the Lord.
**WM uses verses from different Bible translations. To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit this page – Scripture Citations.
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