Waiting On God

W. Terry Varner
March 17, 2013

Great men of God had one thing in common—each spent a good deal of time regularly with God, that is they got to know Him. We likewise need to take sufficient time to get to know God as they knew God.

  • The warrior king—David. David knew God well because he spent much time in His presence. The book of Psalms is a diary of David’s quiet life with God. In Psalms, David reveals his true pattern and thinking about God in his daily life. He wrote: “My voice will You hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer to You, and will look up” (Psalms 5:3).
  • The Prime Minister of Babylon—Daniel. Daniel was a busy man in Babylon— much more than any of us. If anyone could has said, “I do not have time to meet with God,” it was Daniel. Yet, the daily life of Daniel is seen clearly in that Daniel “got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God” (Daniel 6:10).
  • The great leader of IsraelMoses. Talk about a busy man! Moses lead Israel from the exodus out of Egypt, through the Wilderness Wandering, and to the eastern banks of the Jordan River. It was only his waiting upon God that Moses gained the necessary wisdom and strength to lead Israel out of Egypt and for 40 years in the Wilderness. A peak into his daily life is seen in Exodus 34:2, “Be ready in the morning and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to Me on the top of the mountain.”

Four things waiting on God can do for us. Daily fellowship with God is vital to the Christian life. Call it what you want—devotion, morning watch, etc. But, for the Christian to live effectively, we all need to draw on the strength, wisdom, and guidance of God. The time spent with God is an opportunity to get to know Him as He is. Consider four valuable things that result from waiting on God.

  • Gives us our daily bearings. Could it be that we begin each day by bearing-off course because we have not begun the day properly? Where are you in relationship with God? Is your heart right? Are you on target in your Christian life? “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me back in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
  • Gives us our course for the day. Take some time to determine what you are going to do for today. Is it possible that we arise too quickly from the gift of sleep by forgetting the fact that those hours ahead are to be spent in contribution to God’s plan for our life?
  • Gives us spiritual strength. It keeps us strong. Isaiah says we gain “renewed strength, etc.” by waiting upon God. “But they that wait upon God shall renew their strength ...they shall run, and not be weary, they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
  • Give us opportunity daily to know Jesus better. It is important to know Jesus better daily. A closer walk with Him makes all the difference in the world. If daily we spend a little time in learning and developing our relationship with Jesus, rather than depending on it to come solely from our Sunday worship, as important and as necessary that this is, we will be strengthened and grow more like Him in all things.

Great men of God waited upon God. Are you?