Today, a response is made to clarify the expression “wait on the Lord.” The living must await the completion of multiple sacred events. Included are deliverance, perfection, judgment of the just and of the wicked, the first and second resurrection, salvation, sanctification, and the first and the second death. The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers who uses the ID “Trilobiteme” (Level 4 with 3,171 points, a member since September 29, 2011) posted the following:
What does it mean to wait on the Lord?
THE GOLDEN ARROW: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (1st Peter 5: 2-4, King James Version, KJV)
THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Divine Delay and Prayer? (03/22/2017); On Expecting Quick Results (11/07/2016); Waiting For His Appearing (02/09/2016); Christ Coming Soon? (10/16/2015); A Promise of Return (01/15/2016); A Promise of Return (01/15/2016); What To Do At His Coming (07/20/2014)
“Trilobiteme”, many of the differences seen among Christian believers appear on the basis of what it is they are waiting for (e.g., comfort in bereavement, healing, instruction, judgment, the coming of the Lord, the descent of New Jerusalem). The Christian believer must rely upon GOD for the provision of spiritual blessings and gifts; and there are multiple divine operations that require created beings and living creatures respond to words of proclamation, promise or prophecy as though the frameworks of time and space do not exist. “Waiting on the Lord” can mean taking action to please divinity, carry out or perform divine purposes, demonstrate obedience to divine law, and respond to divinity through self-sacrifice and unselfishness. “Waiting on the Lord” also may mean enduring delays and interruptions, exercising patience and longsuffering until the completion of a sacred process, and preparing for the conclusion of ongoing though invisible operations. Through baptism and rebirth, sinners are to experience the death, burial, and resurrection of the inborn spirit received from Adam, and become a new creation through the spirit that resides in Jesus Christ. Inseparable spirit content from the makeup of GOD will be imparted. Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, joy, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. While living on the earth, those “born again” must “grow up again,” live in expectation (we say, hope), display the divine nature manifest the will of the Father, and become mature and ripe for harvest (i.e., ready to meet Christ in the air when he comes to remove all those who belong to him). Until the Advent (we also say, Rapture, Second Coming) believers must face “growing pains” and other life challenges. What was begun before the foundation of the earth, their perfection and transformation to exist as immortal, incorruptible companions of divinity will be completed in an instant at the appearing. Consider again the following:
(1.) Habakkuk 2: 2-4, King James Version (KJV): 2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. 4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
(2.) Job 14: 13-15, KJV: 13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! 14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. 15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
(3.) Job 19: 25-27, KJV: 25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Revelation 2: 9-11, KJV: 9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.
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