Waiting on the Lord means relying, trusting, depending or simply submitting to God to have him lead, guide, direct, strengthen or enable us to become who He wants us to be & do what He wants us to do. It is the opposite of leaning on our wisdom or understanding.
Waiting on the Lord is not passive. It is an active exercise whereby we are participatory in the process of what the Lord has promised in His word to us which we are seeking Him to fulfill and bring into manifestation in its due season.
When we wait, we are not wasting our time or our lives, rather we are looking up to the God who made the heavens and the earth and all the fullness thereof, the Almighty and Sovereign God who is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, who declares the end from the beginning, unto whom all powers, principalities, thrones, dominion, spiritual wickedness, witches and all the powers of the enemy are subject. We are desiring Him to act on our behalf concerning those things that He alone can do and to make us know what we should do on our part in order to bring our expectation to pass.
Waiting on the Lord is a spiritual exercise that involves some discipline like studying the Word of God, reading, meditating, praying, praise, worship and fasting. It is targeted at putting one’s attention and concentration on the Lord to seek His will, His word of instruction and His way to go or to do things.
We wait on the Lord to increase our faith, to humble our flesh and subdue it in order to enhance the dominance of the Spirit or the presence of God in our lives. Waiting on the Lord deals with our impatience and makes us to be more patient as we employ our faith in seeking and possessing all the good promises of God for our lives.
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” Isaiah 40:30-31