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What the scriptures say about
expecting an act, an answer, a promise fulfilled
Serve and minister to the Lord | patience | lay in ambush
Luke 19:13: "Occupy (conduct business) till I come."

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WAIT in scriptures [BibleGateway Search]

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Psalm 5:3 - In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
Psalm 27:13-14 - (Stay confident) Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalms 33:20 (a spiritual activity), 37:7-9 (wait=rest in God), 37:34, 39:7, 40:1, 69:6, 130:5-6 (hope in His word)
Proverbs 20:22 - Donít say, ďI will pay back evil.Ē Wait for Yahweh, and he will save you.
Isaiah 8:17 (while waiting, seek God), 25:9 (don't run ahead), 26:8 (desire Him), 30:18 (God waits on us, too), 33:2,
Isaiah 40:28-31 (not only doesn't God get tired, he has power and strength to give us while we wait),
Isaiah 49:23 (there are set times for God to act - 49:8 - so wait)<
Jeremiah 14:22 | Lamentations 3:25-26 | Micah 7:7 | Zephaniah 3:8

1 Corinthians 1:7 - we are waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ
Philippians 3:20 - (thinking of heavenly things, citizens of heaven wait for our Savior's next move)
James 5:7 - (waiting with patience for a long time)
Jude 1:21 - keep yourselves in Godís love as you wait (or look) for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
Examples of waiting for the LORD:
Abram (Abraham) was 75 years old when God promised him offspring, specifically a son. (Genesis 12:4-7) Years went by - along with Abram seeking other means for having even one child - before God's promised son through Abraham's wife Sarah was conceived and born.

After Joseph dreamed that his brothers would bow before him (Genesis 37:2-11), the brothers weren't impressed and didn't immediately bow before him. In fact, they hated him and were more jealous of him than previously. They plotted to kill Joseph, but sold him into slavery to a trade caravan. Years and years - and many experiences - went by before Joseph saw his brothers again. (Genesis 42)

Before witnessing about Him, Jesus instructed His disciples and apostles to wait for the promise of the Father: power from the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-8)

WAIT [ISBE] - Old Testament use | Verb | New Testament


1. The Substantive:

The word is used in the Old Testament both as a substantive and as a verb.
In the New Testament it appears as a verb only.

'erebh, ma'arabh, mean a concealed hiding-place for purposes of sudden attack, an ambuscade.

(1) "Lie in wait":
"Abimelech rose up .... from lying in wait" (Judges 9:35 the King James Version);
"When they .... abide in the covert to lie in wait" (Job 38:40).

(2) "Lay wait":

"They compassed him in, and laid wait for him" (Judges 16:2).

2. The Verb:

(1) sharath, "to serve," "to minister," to act in the capacity of servant or attendant: "These waited on the king" (2 Chronicles 17:19). Used especially in this sense with regard to the ceremonial service of the host: "They shall go in to wait upon the service in the work of the tent of meeting" (Numbers 8:24; compare Numbers 8:25); "The Levites wait upon their business" (2 Chronicles 13:10 the King James Version).

"Wait at" occurs in the same sense in the New Testament: "They which wait at (the Revised Version (British and American) "wait upon") the altar," etc. (1 Corinthians 9:13 the King James Version).

(2) The simple verb is used to describe the longsuffering and patience of God toward His willful people: "And therefore will Yahweh wait, that he may be gracious unto you" (Isaiah 30:18); "When the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah" (apekdechomai, 1 Peter 3:20).

(3) The most important and frequent use of the word "wait," however, is to define the attitude of a soul God-ward. It implies the listening ear, a heart responsive to the wooing of God, a concentration of the spiritual faculties upon heavenly things, the patience of faith, "the earnest expectation of the creation" (Romans 8:19). It describes an eager anticipation and yearning for the revelation of truth and love as it is in the Father. Thus: "My soul, wait thou .... for God only" (Psalms 69:5); "Our soul hath waited for Yahweh" (Psalms 33:20); "Mine eyes fail while I wait for my God" (Psalms 69:3); "Wait for Yahweh, and he will save thee" (Proverbs 20:22).

Also the New Testament thus: "Waiting for our adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body" (Romans 8:23); "For we through the Spirit by faith wait for the hope of righteousness" (Galatians 5:5). From various references in the New Testament there seems to have been in the days of Jesus a sect in whose name the word "wait" played an important part. Of the aged Simeon, who met Mary and Joseph when they brought the infant Jesus to the temple, it is said that he was "waiting for (the Revised Version (British and American) "looking for") the consolation of Israel" (Luke 2:25), that is, he was looking for the fulfillment of the Messianic promise. Again, after our Lord's crucifixion, when Joseph of Arimathea begged for the body of Jesus, we are told that he was one of those that "waited for the kingdom of God" (prosdechomai, (Mark 15:43 the King James Version; Luke 23:51 the King James Version). It is thought by some authorities that this implies their having belonged to the sect of the Essenes. Epiphanius associates the sect with one which he names "Gortheni," whose title is derived from a word which means "to expect."

Arthur Walwyn Evans

WAIT [Thompson Chain Reference]
Wait upon God

    Psalms 25:5
    Psalms 27:14
    Psalms 62:5
    Psalms 123:2
    Proverbs 20:22
    Isaiah 8:17
    Isaiah 40:31
    Hosea 12:6
    SEE Prayer
    SEE Draw Near To God

Waiting for God

    Genesis 49:18
    Psalms 33:20
    Psalms 37:7
    Psalms 40:1
    Psalms 130:6
    Isaiah 25:9
    Isaiah 26:8
    Isaiah 33:2
    Lamentations 3:25
    Luke 2:25
    Acts 1:4
    SEE Prayerfulness

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