Inside: Find comfort in these best Bible verses on waiting and walk alongside beloved characters of the Bible who experienced long seasons of waiting. Plus what to do while you’re in your own season of waiting.
DURING a season of waiting
Have you been praying for something to happen in your life for so long that you feel like giving up?
You’re not alone in your waiting.
- David waited 15 years to be king.
- Moses waited 40 years to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. He fled Egypt and wasn’t called back to lead his people until he was in his 80s.
- Sarah waited 25 years for her appointed child, Isaac. So long, that she took matters into her own hands and had her husband sleep with her handmaid Hagar to give her a son.
- Rebekah waited 20 years to give birth to Jacob and Esau.
You may have heard this verse before:
John 14:13 “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
But what many of us fail to realize is that the verse doesn’t say Jesus will do what we ask right now.
None of us know God’s timing or why it seems to take soooo much longer than we’d like sometimes.
But rest in the truth that He is faithful.
Bible verses on Waiting
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 33:20 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
Proverbs 20:22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
Isaiah 30:18 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 64:4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
Hosea 12:6 But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.
Romans 8:23 The Spirit makes us sure about what we will be in the future. But now we groan silently, while we wait for God to show that we are his children. This means that our bodies will also be set free.
1 Corinthians 1:7 so you have every gift from God while you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to come again.
Psalms 40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.
Hebrews 6:15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
James 5:7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.
Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
What to do while waiting for an answer to prayer
Pray using the verses for waiting above. Print them out from the Faith Mini-Bundle and keep them in your Bible, purse, car, or wherever you need encouragement.
Your Next step
Do the next best thing.
Sometimes when God has you in a season of waiting the best thing we can do is to keep moving towards the next positive step.
Find gratitude where you are.
The truth is, you may be waiting for a long time.
Instead of pining away for something that may not come to pass anytime soon, God may have you in this situation so you can find joy in Him now.
Waiting and patient are both active words in the Bible, not passive.
Notice how many of the Bible verses on waiting refer to waiting patiently:
- Psalms 40:1
- Hebrews 6:15
- James 5:7
- Romans 8:25
- Psalm 37:7
All these Bible Verses are included in the Faith Mini-Bundle. You can cut them out and use them for memorization or place them as reminders around your home or office.
Read your bible
Read stories of those from the Bible who waited on the Lord. Some people to look up include:
- Hannah: 1 Samuel 1:2-2:21
- Sarah: Genesis 17:7 – 21:7
- Joseph: Genesis 37-50
- Moses: Exodus 2-14
- Job: Book of Job
- David: Psalm 63, and his life’s story is in the books of Samuel, Kings, and Psalms.
- Abraham: Genesis 12,15-17
Printable for Bible Verses on Waiting
The Faith Mini-Bundle includes these two pages of verses on waiting below as well as 20 more resources to grow your relationship with God.