Over 2,700 years ago, the Jewish prophet Isaiah declared that “those who wait upon the Lord will gain new strength.” (Isaiah 40:31) What a promise! The key, of course, is “waiting upon the Lord.”
Some of us might think that “waiting for God” and “waiting on God” are much the same. We couldn’t be more wrong.
The ancient prophet was not urging us simply to hang on until God shows up (waiting for God). Rather, implicit in all that he writes is the call to live lives of attentiveness and service to God (waiting on God). The former denotes passivity; the latter reflects activity.
Consider the waiters at your favorite restaurant. The very best of them listen carefully to what we say and earnestly attend to our requests. Waiting on us at the meal-table means attentiveness and service.
Lent should develop a similar posture in each of us. While we might be “waiting for God to show up,” He is often doing the same for us. Will we show up for Him today? More importantly, will He find us to be attentive servants who wait on Him today?
“Those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength.”
Father, I turn my heart again towards You. I want to wait upon You today—to be attentive to Your voice and serve You in the world. Please guide me by Your Spirit, for the glory of Your Son. Amen.