And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
Waiting on someone is a “give and take” experience.
A waiter in a restaurant is willing to do what the customer asks or, in other words, has a desire to hear and obey. He introduces himself, gets to know the customer and makes her feel welcome. He listens before serving. He comes back to ask if the food is suitable, refill the drink, or supply more condiments. These are steps one through four of this series on how to hear God.
A waiter is also patient. If the customer is slow in giving the order, the waiter gives her more time and comes back later to see if she’s ready.
Never does the waiter stand in front of the customer and plead, “Oh, great customer, I say to you in the name of my employer, what would you have me serve you? Tell me now while I wait here on bended knee. Please, make me wait no longer. I’ll do anything. Just let me serve you today.”
That would be ridiculous.
But isn’t that the attitude of some church people who don’t listen to what they’re saying to God in prayer?
In some ways, God is like that customer who keeps coming in to see what we’re willing to serve. If He feels welcomed every time He’s with you, He’ll want to hang out with you permanently. If He feels loved because you’re paying attention to Him, you’ll hear from Him.
If you want to hear from God, wait upon the Lord like you’re the waiter in the restaurant. Wait with patience.
When your constant effort in getting to know God is balanced with patience, the journey to hearing God better and knowing Him intimately will last a long time. That’s good. It takes forever to know God because there’s so much to know. You are seeking the God who is limitless and multi-faceted.
Don’t get frustrated after working at the relationship for three weeks. Only three weeks, and now you’re giving up?
Wait upon the Lord.
Step five of hearing from God is staying patient.