We have directions from scripture that tell us to wait.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14 NIV)
“Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land.” (Psalm 37:34 KJV) I felt that God was using these scriptures to increase my patience.
We also have the widow in Luke 18, who kept on and on at the unrighteous judge asking to be avenged until he eventually relented. Jesus was teaching us not to give up in prayer, even though the answer may appear to be delayed, basically ‘wait’. We need faith when persevering in prayer. Many people spend a lifetime praying for one thing or another. The keys seem to be persistence, faith and patience (wait).
In my gut, this conclusion has to be off, it just has to. I would not drop this topic and I studied the Hebrew words. When translating ‘wait’ is ‘qavah’ which Strong’s dictionary says means literally ‘to bind together', figuratively it means look patiently and wait.
When translating ‘on’ is ‘el’, ‘el’ which means 'properly denoting motion towards,’ then came my“Eureka” moment. (Why else would I write this post?) ’Qavah el Yhvh’, ‘Wait on the Lord”. Waiting ‘on’ the Lord is not the same as waiting ‘for’ the Lord. There are two different meanings of the word ‘wait’ according to whether it is qualified by the ‘on’ or the word ‘for’. In a line at Disney or when we wait for a taxi, we are waiting ‘for’ someone or something, not waiting ‘on’ them.
I am not sure I like my conclusion more, but it aligns well with the reason God made me (and you). We were made to worship, the rest of the reasons pale in comparison.
Joshua 1:7 is embedded into the structure of our home: