Waiting on the Lord, to me, is this: waiting quietly in anticipation. I’m looking at a door that’s closed, and I’m expecting at any moment that door is going to open up and Someone is going to walk through. That’s manifest presence. I’m going from the fact of the Lord’s presence into His manifested presence. Waiting, to me, is anticipation that the Lord is going to walk into my life. He’s going to begin to operate, move and speak. Usually, no matter how long I wait, whether it’s ten minutes or ten hours, and how often I do it, but we’ll say over the period of a week or two, I’ll guarantee, at the end of that time, I will feel like I’ve wasted my time.
But I’ll make one more statement. And this is a powerful, wonderful statement. Even though I feel like I’ve wasted my time, everything in my life will be different. Things will start to happen (when we wait on God). Things that would have gone wrong will go right. They’ll be a favor of God resting upon me that would not have been there otherwise.
It’s not that I’m waiting and will get all kinds of revelation and visions and things. That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. There’s a deeper working of the Spirit within me that will manifest through the outworking of my life. That will come later, down the road, and very few understand this.