When we find ourselves in circumstances where we have been receiving “bad” or “challenging” news repeatedly for a while, the words “wait and hope” can seem… well… tiresome to be quite honest. If you were struggling, and I told you to “wait and hope”, that might not seem very helpful if you were worn and tired and didn’t know if there was any reason to continue to hold out hope any longer.
You might be weighing the options trying to decide whether to hold out hope in the direction you have been headed, or whether a change in direction is necessary. You might be at the end of your own strength ands no.t knowing how much longer you can make it under the current circumstances.
The Psalmist writes:
I wait for the Lord , my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
Psalms 130:5 ESV
And Isaiah tells us:
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for 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.
Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV
And Matthew tells us:
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
So when we understand “wait and hope”, it doesn’t just mean to “wait for the bad to pass” and “hope that better things lie ahead” — it means “wait upon the Lord” and “hope in His word”.
You might ask, “What does it even mean to wait upon the Lord?”
“Waiting upon” is not the same as “waiting for”.
If I am “waiting for” someone — I have an expectation of their arrival, they are coming to meet me.
If I am “waiting upon” someone — I am serving them, I am going to them.
Can you see the difference in direction?
“Waiting for” means I’m expecting someone to come to me, while “waiting upon” means I am going to them and serving them willingly.
So can we see the difference in perspective with respect to God?
Are we “waiting for God” to “fix” or circumstances to what we think they should be — expecting God’s to come to us on our own terms and conditions?
Or are we “waiting upon God” as God and faithful servants seeking God’s wil and His glory in whatever circumstances the day brings to bear?
And when it comes to “hope” — are we “hoping for” what we want instead of “hoping in” His Word?
Again, we see the same difference in direction with regards comparing a carnal “hope for” versus a spirit filled “hope in”.
So yes, if you are tired, if you are weary, if you do not know where to turn, I say “wait and hope” dear friend — wait UPON the Lord and hope IN the Lord. And in that perspective, you will know peace even in the midst of the fiery furnace and the raging storm.