And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another—He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
Waiting is not to be passive – but active – while drawing near to Him. When God moves, we move if we have waited on Him. Waiting times are times of drawing near to God.
- Waiting for someone who said they would meet you at a certain time.
- Waiting in the restaurant for someone to take your order.
- Waiting for good or bad news.
- Waiting in line.
- Waiting at an intersection when the light is red.
- Waiting on road construction.
- Waiting for the elevator.
Isaiah 49:23 – …Then you will know that I am the Lord, for they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.
Lamentations 3:25 – The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.
Isaiah 40:31 – But those who wait on 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.
Psalm 37:7 – Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Psalm 40:1 – I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.
Psalm 62:5 – My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.
Psalm 25:5 – Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.
Psalm 27:14 – Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!
Psalm 130:5 – I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.
Psalm 37:9 – …those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.