Waiting on the Lord is to live in expectation for his supernatural visitation. When our strength is depleted, then it is time to wait on the Lord for the infusion of his strength into us.
God’s strength infused in us could make all the difference in our condition. Recently, a sister told me an encouraging story that illustrates the importance of the power of God. Her elder sister had been sick, consigned to the wheelchair for twelve years. She could hardly walk or move around; she always depended on others to feed and bathe her. Meanwhile, her family fasted and prayed for God’s healing, and it looked as if God was not going to answer. Then, one day, suddenly, a surge of God’s supernatural strength came into her, she immediately got up from the wheelchair and began to move around the house. The next day, she drove herself to the bank to withdraw some money, which she sent to her sister who has been praying for her all these years. Since then, she has remained well.
Isaiah says God acts for those who wait on him, that is, those who trust and look up to him in faith. “For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! (Isaiah 64:4 NLT).
When Daniel was weary and tired due to fasting and prayer, he stood up on his feet after the Angel of God infused life into him. “So I was left there all alone to see this amazing vision. My strength left me, my face grew deathly pale, and I felt very weak… Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me” (Daniel 10:8-19 NLT).
Samson put himself in a difficult situation because of his indiscipline with Delilah. Suddenly he woke up one morning and found himself bound and chained by the Philistines. In his humiliation, he called upon God to strengthen him one more time. God answered and gave him the strength to kill thousands of his enemies. “Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.” Then Samson put his hands on the two centre pillars that held up the temple. Pushing against them with both hands, he prayed, “Let me die with the Philistines.” And the temple crashed down on the Philistine rulers and all the people. So he killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime” (Judges 16:28-30 NLT).
Even Jesus needed to be strengthened by an Angel of God in his hour of trial. As Luke 22:43 states, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me…Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood” (Luke 22:42-44 NLT).
Those who fail to wait on the Lord are like cars running on empty tanks. They can hardly go far.