Hos 12:6: Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.
Waiting on God is the essence of true religion; this disposition and habit of the soul must be there unchangeably and uninterruptedly, and the spirit of entire dependence must be continuous. God wants me to be, and God waits to make me…I want to be, and I wait on Him to make me…every moment what He expects of me, and what is well-pleasing in His sight.
This waiting continually on God must be the longing of my heart; it is an active matter of the heart, not of the mind…and what the heart is full of, occupies it, even when my thoughts are otherwise engaged. I will know it is indeed the longing of my heart when my mind, after being occupied and engaged in various responsibilities, always gravitates back to an intense desire for more of God. When my heart has learned how entirely powerless it is for even one moment to keep itself or bring forth any good, when it has learned how surely and truly God will keep it, when it has, in despair of itself, accepted God’s promise to do for it the impossible, then it learns to rest in God, and in the midst of occupation and temptation it can wait uninterruptedly.
God’s commands throughout His Word are all enablings…all revelations of what my God will do for me. God, Who calls me to wait on Him, sees my feeble efforts, and He Himself works it in me. My spiritual life is in no respect my own work; as little as I began it, can I continue it. It is God’s Spirit who has begun the work in me of waiting upon God; He Himself will then enable me to wait continually. My part in the work He is doing is to actively cooperate with His grace and respond to His Spirit; He is the One who enables me to do all things, as He works in me continually both to will and to do.
My efforts in waiting continuously will be met and rewarded by God Himself working continually. He ever does work unceasingly, but the experience of it is hindered by unbelief. Yet He Who by His Spirit teaches me to wait unceasingly, will bring me to experience also how, as the Everlasting One, His work is never-ceasing. In the love and the life and the work of God there can be no break, no interruption. God, in His very nature, as the only Giver of Life, cannot otherwise than every moment work in His child. I may fail…often do…yet He abides faithful! God works always and continually, unfailingly; every moment I may, I must, wait on Him, continually. As faith’s vision sees my God working unceasingly in me, without one moment’s intermission, in the fullness of trust and joy the holy habit of my soul will become, “On Thee do I wait all the day!”
This is the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with God: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto Him and listening for His voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for God to reveal to me His plans, His purposes, His will, a deeper revelation of Who He is, SO I MAY THEN RESPOND with an unquestioning child-like obedience to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, cooperating with the power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. My soul, wait thou only upon God!