Why We Should Keep Waiting For God



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.
(Isaiah 30:18)

The ESV Study Bible comments on this passage:

?Note the amazing logic of grace: God?s people forsake him for a false salvation (vv. 1?17); therefore, he is gracious to them (v. 18). But he waits, for the Lord is a God of justice, i.e., he knows the perfect way to achieve his purpose, the perfect time to go into action, and the perfect disciplinary process that will awaken Judah.?

Judah had taken refuge from her enemies by turning to Egypt for protection – ?a false salvation?, rather than turning to God. But God wasn?t finished yet. He was waiting for the perfect time to be gracious to them, the perfect time to ?awaken? them, the perfect time to pour out his mercy. And when he did be gracious to them, he would ?exalt himself? – he would display his glory.

Are you waiting on God for something? Praying and praying yet the answer seems to not be coming? God has a perfect timing. He is waiting until the perfect time to be gracious to you. The time that will be best for you and bring the most glory to him. He is a God of justice – he won?t fail to answer prayer. He won?t fail to treat you justly. He won?t fail to be true to his promises. He would be unjust if he told us to trust him and wait for him, then fail to be gracious. But blessed are all those who wait for him.

Why should we keep waiting for God? ?Because he is waiting for the perfect time to bless us. He has bags and bags of grace stored up for us. He?s just waiting for the absolute best time to heap them upon us. So keep watching for the One who plans to be gracious to you. Keep asking, seeking and knocking. Keep trusting him. Keep your mind stayed on him. Don?t go running to Egypt for salvation. Don?t go running to the world for relief. ??Blessed are all those who wait for him.? ?When God does pour out his grace you’ll appreciate it more than ever. Who knows? ?Today might be the day he answers your prayers.


  • Judah Thomas says:

    Judah is awake and listening. Thanks for this reminder :)

  • James Lyles says:

    Mark, your words are often water to the dry soul! Thanks for this reminder that even in the midst of difficulties and trials, God’s timing is perfect.

  • Francine says:

    Beautiful. We all need this words. We are nothing, yet He cares for us.

  • Caroline says:

    I have been praying about a few things and was beginning to get weary… Thanks for reminding the truth!

  • DMartin says:

    I found your site through a series of seemingly-random searches and clicks, and in this blog entry was exactly the message that I needed to hear today. I feel strengthened and encouraged by your words. I will continue to wait upon Him, and keep praying. Blessings to you.

  • Mark_Altrogge says:

    I’m so grateful the Lord would encourage you through the post. Thanks for letting me know.

  • Mark_Altrogge says:

    Thanks Jimmy! Amen, God’s timing is always perfect, isn’t it?

  • Mark_Altrogge says:

    May the Lord give you fresh strength Caroline!

  • Mark_Altrogge says:

    It is amazing, isn’t it, Francine, that the King of the universe cares for us.

  • Mark_Altrogge says:

    Thanks Judah! Appreciate your comment!

  • Truly Seeking says:

    What about the Christians who have patiently waited and called out and yet God seemingly never responds to their cries and they meet death without receiving tangible evidence of his blessing and mercy, only a series of Job-like difficulties (without the blessing he got at the end)? The easy answer, of course, is that all Christians have been blessed and received mercy simply because of the gift of salvation. – But is that really what we mean when we talk about waiting and praying for God’s mercy and blessing the “perfect timing” of his response? I’m sure its not, because clearly most Christians have in mind blessings beyond salvation such as health, relationships, finances, protection, or even earthly spiritual blessings like a sense of God’s presence etc. So if there are no guarantees of God answering us here on earth beyond salvation, how are we supposed to take comfort?

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