Waiting…

One of the themes that has resurfaced during our study in the first part of Isaiah is that of waiting.  In chapter 8, Isaiah writes, “I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.”  People who read this (even today) would be waiting for the day of the Lord when he comes to gather his own.  Waiting for death to be swallowed up forever.  And the waiting comes with promises:

“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.” Isaiah 25:9

Judgment is coming on Israel, and so they wait for it.  Redemption is promised, and so they wait for it.  The day of the LORD is promised, and even today we wait for that final day.

In our day-to-day, we wait for other things, too.  We wait for jobs, for spouses, for children.  We wait to see if a loved one will pull through a health crisis.  We wait for a friendly face, for relief from pain, for a letter, for a phone call.  We wait to see the salvation of family and friends.  We wait to see if there will be enough money to pay the bills.  We wait for reconciliation.  We wait for forgiveness from others. We wait for healing.  When the time comes, we even wait for death.  Job seems to echo the heart of anyone who has waited when he said:

What is my strength, that I should wait?  And what is my end that I should be patient?

Job 6:11

And by the living, good, and gracious written Word of God, the believer has their answer:

I wait for your salvation, O LORD. Genesis 49:8

Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.  Psalm 25:3

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 25:5

May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you. Psalm 25:21

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! Psalm 27:14

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD! Psalm 31:24

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! … For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. Psalm 37:7,9

Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off. Psalm 37:34

But for you, O LORD, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer. Psalm 38:15

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7

I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly. Psalm 52:9

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Psalm 62:5-8

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.  Psalm 130:5-8

I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him. Isaiah 8:17

In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul. Isaiah 26:8

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

O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble. Isaiah 33:2

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.  Isaiah 40:31

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4

The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25

It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:26

But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end–it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.  Habakkuk 2:3

“Therefore wait for me,” declares the LORD, “for the day when I rise up to seize the prey. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all my burning anger; for in the fire of my jealousy all the earth shall be consumed. Zephaniah 3:8

And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:23

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:25

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge– even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you– so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. I Corinthians 1:4-9

For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. Galatians 5:5

And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.  Hebrews 6:15

As a believer, I wait because God is Good, because he answers, because he is a stronghold, because he is faithful — his strength is my strength.  My end is one of glory and joy with him, and it is eternally secure.

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