Waiting upon the Lord is characterized by several things. To wait means to expect God’s help. It never implies inactivity. Suppose a farmer said, “I’m not going to farm this spring. I’ll just wait upon the Lord and see what happens.” He did not plant. He said, “I’m just going to trust God for the crops to come up.” When harvest time comes, he goes out to the field and there is nothing there. Why? He did not sow, therefore he did not reap (1). He waited, but he did not expect.
Waiting upon God implies confidence and faith in His Word in spite of consequences. A Christian who patiently waits with expectancy manifests his faith in God’s character. By waiting, we exchange our mind for His thoughts. We are renewed and strengthened. As we are filled with His Word, we become more confident in our faith despite our human weaknesses. The Word promises us rewards for waiting. In Acts 1:4, Jesus told his disciples to go to Jerusalem and “Wait for the promise of the Father.” They did as He told them to, and in Acts 2:4, they received the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 91:1 says, “He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Abiding means waiting, resting with expectancy. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).