What does the Bible say about waiting?

Why is it so hard?

Why is it so important?
In our addictions, it felt like forever to wait even just a few minutes  for the dope man or for the liquor store to open.  We hated waiting but it seemed to be a necessary evil we had to endure if we wanted to get what we wanted and needed to get us through even the next few minutes.  No doubt about it, waiting can be hard stuff and the longer we have to wait, the harder it seems

But when we get into recovery and find the God of the Bible, we enter into a relationship with Jesus.  We begin reading His love letter to us, the Bible, and as we do we discover that there is beauty in waiting.  We have destroyed many good things in our lives, marriages, relationships and many more but God is able to restore the things we have so carelessly and selfishly destroyed, but we must wait on Him and seek Him.  He will give us beauty for ashes and an abundant life worth living to the full.

Here are some scriptures we find in God's word about waiting.

Genesis 49:18  I wait for your salvation, O LORD.
Psalm 25:5  Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
Psalm 25:21  May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.
Psalm 27:14  Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
Psalm 31:24  Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
Psalm 37:7  Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
Psalm 37:9  For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
Psalm 37:34  Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.
Psalm 38:15  But for you, O LORD, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
Psalm 39:7  "And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.
Psalm 130:5  I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 
Isaiah 26:8  In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.
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 33:2  O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.
Isaiah 40:31  but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 64:4  From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.
Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
Hosea 12:6  "So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God."
Micah 7:7  But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
Romans 8:23  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
Romans 8:25  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Galatians 5:5  For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.
1Thessalonians 1:10  and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Prayer and meditation are two ways that we wait upon the Lord.  Listening is another way we wait on the Lord.  Never forget that relationships are a two way street.  God wants to hear from us but He also wants us to listen for Him to speak to us and that requires us to be patient and wait.