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Psalm 25:3-5, 21—“Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.  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…May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.”

Psalm 27:13-14—“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!  Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.”

Psalm 31:22-24—“I had said in my alarm, ‘I am cut off from your sight.’  But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help.  Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”

Psalm 33:18-22—“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and 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 37:3-11, 34-37—“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.  Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.  He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices.  Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.  Do not fret; it only tends to evil.  For the evildoer shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.  In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully as his place, he will not be there.  But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace…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.  I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like a green laurel tree.  But he passed away, and behold, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found.  Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace.”

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

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

Psalm 40:1-3—“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.  He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.  He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”

Psalm 46:10—“Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 52:9—“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 62:1-2, 5-6, 11-12—“For God my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.  He alone is my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken…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…Once God has spoken; twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.  For you will render to a man according to his work.”

Psalm 69:1-3—“Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.  I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me.  I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched.  My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.”

Psalm 106:6-15—“Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness. Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works; they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea. Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power. He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry, and he led them through the deep as through a desert. So he saved them from the hand of the foe and redeemed them from the power of the enemy. And the waters covered their adversaries; not one of them was left. Then they believed his words; they sang his praise. But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel. But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert; he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them.”

Psalm 130:5-8—“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.”

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

Isaiah 25:6-9—“On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.  And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.  He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.  It will be said on that day, ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.  This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.’”

Isaiah 26:7-9—“The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous.  In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.  My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.  For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.”

Isaiah 30:18-20—“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.  For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more.  He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry.  As soon as he hears it, he answers you.  And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.”

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

Isaiah 40:28-31—“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.  Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall be exhausted; 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 49:23—“Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.”

Isaiah 51:5—“My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for me, and for my arm they wait.”

Isaiah 64:1-4—“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence—as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil—to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence!  When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.  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.”

Genesis 49:18—“I will wait for your salvation, O Lord.”

2 Kings 6:33—“This trouble is from the Lord! Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?”

Job 6:11-13—“What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient? Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze? Have I any help in me, when resource is driven from me?” (cf. Job 40:15-24)

Proverbs 20:22—“Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.”

Hosea 12:6—“So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.”

Micah 1:12—“For the inhabitants of Maroth wait anxiously for good, because disaster has come down from the LORD to the gate of Jerusalem.”

Micah 7:7-10, 18-20—“But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.  Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.  I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me.  He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication.  Then my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, ‘Where is the Lord your God?’…Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.  He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot.  You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.”

Habakkuk 2:2-4—“And the Lord answered [my complaint]: ‘Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.  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.  Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.’”

Habakkuk 3:16-19—“I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me.  Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.  Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.  God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.”

Lamentations 3:19-33—“Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall!  My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.  But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’  The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.  It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.  It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.  Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him; let him put his mouth in the dust—there may yet be hope; let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, and let him be filled with insults.  For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not afflict from the heart or grieve the children of men.”  [cf. 3:1-18 for context]

Daniel 12:12—“Blessed is he who waits” (cf. all of 12:1-13)

Luke 2:25, 36-38—“Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him…And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.  She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as widow until she was eighty-four.  She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.  And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.”

Luke 12:35-36—“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.  Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes.  Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.”

Romans 8:18-25—“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  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.  For in this hope we were saved.  Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

1 Corinthians 1:7-9—“You are not lacking in any 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.”

Galatians 5:5-6—““Through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.”

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10—“You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”

Titus 2:11-14—“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

Hebrews 6:11-12, 15—“And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises…And Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.”

Hebrews 9:28—“So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.”

Hebrews 10:12-13—“But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.”

James 5:7-8—“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord.  See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.  You also, be patient.  Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

2 Peter 3:8-15—“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.  Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn.  But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.  Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.  And count the patience of our Lord as salvation.”

Jude 20-21, 24-25—“But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life…Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen.”

 

“Waiting can be the most intense and poignant of all human experiences—the experience which, above all others, strips us of affectation and self-deception and reveals to us the reality of our needs, our values and ourselves.” (W. H. Vanstone, The Stature of Waiting, p. 83)

“The supreme temptation of man…is precisely to tempt God, to seek the fulfillment of God’s purposes without having to endure God’s time.” (Oliver O’Donovan, Finding and Seeking, p. 169)

“Second only to suffering, waiting may be the greatest teacher and trainer in godliness, maturity, and genuine spirituality most of us ever encounter.” (Richard Hendrix, Leadership, Vol. 7, no. 3)

“At least as important as the things we wait for is the work God wants to do in us as we wait…Waiting is not just the thing we have to do until we get what we hope for.  Waiting is part of the process of becoming what we hope for.” (Ben Patterson, Waiting: Finding Hope When God Seems Silent, pp. 11-12)

“Waiting for God is not laziness.  Waiting for God is not going to sleep.  Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort.  Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given… Waiting for God, then, is the adjustment of our lives to the truth concerning Him which we know. When circumstances are chaotic, when it is impossible to understand their movements and to know what will be the outcome of this or that combination of circumstances, that is the hour in which we are to wait for God. God is certain; the one and only certainty of which we have any knowledge; far more certain than the fact of our own being. There is a sense in which we are sure of ourselves, we are sure of our existence, but there are infinite mysteries behind us as to the how of our being and far more unfathomable mysteries lying ahead of us as to the issue of our being; and as to its present continuity, there is no certainty. God is the one unchanging fact from everlasting to everlasting. Waiting for God means putting this life, of which I am so uncertain in a thousand varied ways, into right relationship with Him of Whom I am absolutely and everlastingly certain. Waiting for God means that I adjust my life to Him rather than to circumstances, and that I set my hope on Him rather than on the wit and the cleverness of men. Waiting for God means that definite personal activity which is busily occupied in adjusting the whole fact and circumstances of life to the unchangeable and unalterable fact of God. Waiting for God means, therefore, readiness for any command; that state of perpetual suspense which listens for the word in order that it may be immediately obeyed. Those who wait for God are pilgrim souls that have no tie that will hold them when the definite command is issued; no prejudices that will paralyze their effort when in some strange coming of the light they are commanded to take a pathway entirely different to that which was theirs before; having no interests either temporal or eternal, either material or mental or spiritual, that will conflict with the will of God when that will is made known. Souls who wait for God are such as have their loins girt about, their lamps burning; they are alert, awake, ready.  Waiting for God, then, means power to do nothing save under command. This is not lack of power to do anything. Waiting for God needs strength rather than weakness. It is the power to do nothing. It is the strength that holds strength in check. It is the strength that prevents the blundering activity which is entirely false and will make the true activity impossible when the definite command comes… This is no easy conception of life. Waiting is far more difficult than working.  It would be a much easier thing for the church of God at this very hour of her darkness to call conferences and councils and make plans for tomorrow than to wait. Waiting requires strength. It demands the absolute surrender of the life to God, the confession that we are at the end of our own understanding of things, the confession that we really do not see our way and do not know the way.” (G. Campbell Morgan, “Waiting for God”)

Any kind of waiting presupposes some kind or degree of caring.  One cannot be said to wait for or upon something which is a matter of indifference…Unless its arrival is in some way important to a person he cannot be said to be waiting for it.  It follows that a person to whom few things are important rarely waits.  A person who views the world with indifference rarely finds himself waiting.  Conversely a person to whom many things matter will often find himself waiting.  The experience of waiting is the experience of the world as in some sense mattering, as being of some kind of importance.” (W. H. Vanstone, The Stature of Waiting, pp. 102-03)

“That a man should wait upon the attention of his fellow-men and depend upon them for help and service…that one’s daily bread should be provided rather than earned or achieved; that one should receive by gift rather than acquire by right; that one should lose one’s independence; that one should wait upon the world rather than work upon it—all these notions and possibilities are to varying degrees repugnant to the public attitudes of the present day.” (W. H. Vanstone, The Stature of Waiting, p. 110)

“The church must regard waiting as the most creative of activities, since she apprehends fullness of being only in the coming Kingdom.” (Robert W. Jenson, Systematic Theology, Volume 1: The Triune God, viii)

“Many of the psalms express the stance of waiting on God—waiting for the time when the reality of God’s presence and the sovereignty of God’s purpose of the world will once again become clear.” (Bernhard W. Anderson, Out of the Depths: The Psalms Speak For Us Today, 3rd ed., p. 47)

“The decision to wait is one of the great human acts.” (William F. Lynch, Images of Hope, p. 177)

“Waiting is not an accidental part of life together, but lies at the center of things.  Nor is it evidence of human weakness, or an emptiness that we must struggle to fill…Waiting is at the center of things not because of the nature of the world, nor because of the nature of society, but because of who we are—made to be dependent, incomplete in isolation from others.” (David Baily Harned, Patience: How We Wait Upon the World, p. 14)

“A fundamental meaning of patience [is] expectant waiting that puts anxiety to flight.  Such waiting is profoundly different from mere submission; instead, it is always filled with anticipation and confidence, with the faith that in a world where God rules someone or something will appear that will help or comfort or alter the situation.  So waiting patiently is suffused with a certain joy on the one hand, because the certainty of God’s patience means there are possibilities and opportunities as yet unexplored, and with a certain humility on the other, because the self cannot trust in its own strength but must await resources other than its own.” (David Baily Harned, Patience: How We Wait Upon the World, pp. 30-31)

“Patience is expectant waiting, filled with anticipation of what is to come.” (David Baily Harned, Patience: How We Wait Upon the World, p. 45)

“In the end, everything depends upon whether we respond with patience in the face of what we must eventually endure no matter how many and various are the stratagems that we devise to protect ourselves from misfortune.” (David Baily Harned, Patience: How We Wait Upon the World, p. 72)

“I am created for waiting—for waiting upon others and being waited upon.  I must wait for my caring to be reciprocated.  I must wait for my turn.  I must wait for help.  I must wait in the hope that someone will notice me.  Therefore where patience leads, humility will soon follow.” (David Baily Harned, Patience: How We Wait Upon the World, p. 129)

“Waiting is as much a part of the human condition as ever it was: waiting for healing to begin, for a child to be born, for casual acquaintance to blossom into friendship or love.  The enormous difference is that the waiting once enforced upon us by nature and society and accepted as inevitable now seems unnecessary, an obstacle that resourcefulness and innovation should enable us to overcome, and so we are tempted to become habitually impatient…Impatience is impatient because it is bored by its location or by the time it must wait.” (David Baily Harned, Patience: How We Wait Upon the World, p. 140)

“We do not obtain the most precious gifts by going in search of them but by waiting for them.  Man cannot discover them by his own powers, and if he sets out to seek for them he will find in their place counterfeits of which he will be unable to discern the falsity.” (Simon Weil, Waiting for God, p. 73)

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