20 Encouraging Bible Scriptures on Waiting

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I don’t think there is anyone that really enjoys waiting for something.  Think about it for a minute, do you like to wait?  The answer for most of us is an emphatic NO!!!  We hate waiting at the doctor’s office or in line at the DMV (department of motor vehicles) or even for our Big Mac at the McDonald’s drive thru window, we simply do not like to wait.  What about if we have to ‘wait on God?’  Sometimes we may be praying and praying for something and maybe we even get to the place where we are not sure that God even hears our prayers anymore.  Waiting and having patience is a topic where there are many Bible verses to choose from.  For this article I have made three listings about this important topic for you to consider below.

Psalms 130:5-6 “I wait for the LORD,  my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”

Bible Passages About Waiting

Psalms 27:13-14   I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

Psalms 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.

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

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 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.

Lamentations 3:25   The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

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.

Acts 1:4   And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father

Think about it for a minute, do you like to wait?

Think about it for a minute, do you like to wait?

Bible Quotes About Patience

Psalms 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!

Romans 12:12  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

1 Corinthians 13:4   Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant

Ephesians 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Colossians 1:11  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for  all endurance and patience  with joy,

James 5:7-8   Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.  You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but  is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Bible Verses About Being Steadfast

1 Corinthians 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

James 1:12  Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

James 5:11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

Titus 2:2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.

Sometimes I wonder how someone is led to an article that I am writing.  I know that just like I do on my own computer, I often Google a topic and read what is offered on the site because whatever I have searched for is an issue or a desire in my life. Maybe you are having a hard time dealing with a situation in which you are having to wait. Maybe you have searched this article because you feel God has not heard your prayers.  Nothing is harder on us than waiting on God to answer.  It may even test our faith. Friends, just know that God has not forgotten about you. Please do not try to run ahead of God or take matters in your own hands. This will usually lead to pain and frustration and many times sin. God does indeed hear your prayer and knows what is best for you and your life. Wait on Him because He cares for you.

Related reading: 25 Great Christian Waiting Quotes

Resource –  “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”



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Susie Arviso July 2, 2014 at 7:31 am

Hello brother Daryl, this morning as I was awakened by the Lord, He told me my son (34) doesn’t understand what waiting truly is. So I found your article when I was looking for scriptures about waiting on God, and I used of them Psalm (Ps. 27:14 to extract the Hebrew definitions of waiting (on God) and what it means to be of good courage. This was at the online Strong’s Concordance with Hebrew and Greek Lexicon (http://www.eliyah.com/lexicon.html) where you put in the scripture reference and the numbers to the right of the words give the original definitions and meanings. Then I read your paragraph at the bottom about you wondering how someone is led to your article. Yours was actually about the 5th one down on the Google hits and I felt led to use yours. I truly appreciate your sharing and will look over more of your site. If you have a Facebook, feel free to look me up and friend me, That way, I can get your posts in my home feed. God bless you, brother. I appreciate your love for the Lord and His Word. Susie

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Susie Arviso July 2, 2014 at 7:34 am

By the way, I love your “drag the sticks to the drum” way of proving one is a real person. It beats that annoying Captcha puzzle. 🙂

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Mika January 1, 2015 at 9:47 am

Now when u type bible scriptures on waiting, yours come up #1 on Google’s search engine. Glory be to God. May God bless you & your family and make you all come out on top in various areas of your life in 2015 for taking the time to be blessing to others through your writing. Thank you!

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Nick February 3, 2015 at 1:51 pm

I have tumors on the floor of my bladder and am waiting for an appointment on April 28th for a second opinion. It is a long time to wait but I serve a God who stops the sun in the sky at his will. If he wants there will a appointment cancellation so I will get the opinion before April the 28th. I am at peace and trust God completely. I believe it his will that I wait on that opinion.

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Fran September 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Waiting on God is not easy. I googled for encouragement. Thank you. You are doing God’s work, I am going to forward the page to other followers just waiting.
My scripture is Wait & then Wait.
I don’t want it to be my scripture but some how it is.
I waited on God so long now for a baby that I am scared it’s too late. I literally only have a 1 % chance now. I know God Can but sometimes he says no. This is troubling. Pray for me friend.
Thanks for the we page. I continue to wait

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Veronica July 31, 2016 at 8:54 am

Thank you for your post I felt your words spoke directly to my situation, waiting for me and my grown children to come to a place of healing after my husband left 25 years of marriage. So many layers of pain we are working through and at this time they have pulled away from me so I hear very little from them and not able to see my grandchildren but through an occasional FaceTime. I made the mistake of telling them my hurt but seemed to make it worse. Your article reminded me to trust the Lord let not my emotions of missing my children and grandchildren rule, only He can do the work in all of us. Waiting is not my strong suit when it comes to time lost with my children/ grandchildren, been worried they will continue to be distant and be okay with it. So many wonderful scriptures I will cling to during this time. Thank you for your obedience to the Lord.

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Ithuteng Mashaba September 14, 2016 at 5:37 am

I google for encouraging bible verses and i was lead here. The message is powerful and it spoke to my spirit at the time i needed relief, i was in the brink of giving up my daily doings and hit the road and now i got patience in the Lord, as i wait on God. Thank you

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Nancy Silvestri October 1, 2016 at 7:17 am

Hello Pastor.
I was Googling about waiting on the lord. I need a new place to live as my landlord is wanting to remodel his home. After 23 years of tenancy I am finding it difficult to find a living space that offers affordability. The New York City rent market is excessively high however, I am inclined to wait on the Lord. That is the only answer. Hence, in my search for encouraging scripture I came upon your article. Thank you

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Mary M. Valentine October 3, 2016 at 12:10 am

“…do not try to run ahead of God or take matters in your own hands. This will usually lead to pain and frustration and many times sin.”

I am in earnest prayer over a matter of great import. I have trusted friends who have joined me in prayer over this. I believe that the Lord hears me. Waiting with grace and patience is of utmost importance in this situation, but I admit it: it is so very hard. Anxiety, fear, desperation, doubt all loom over me as I pray for and long for resolution. I’m a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings, and a quote from the book, “The Return of the King” describes with poetic perfection just how I feel as I wait:

“But who knows what she spoke to the darkness, alone, in the bitter watches of the night, when all her life seemed shrinking, and the walls of her bower closing in about her, a hutch to trammel some wild thing in?”

I turn to scriptures that talk about others who have waited. I think often of Joseph. What human could guess what prayers he whispered with bitter tears as he languished in the darkness of unjust imprisonment? His story has always moved me. I encourage myself with how the Lord delivered him in most unexpected and magnificent ways.

So, yeah, the words of yours that I quoted, they have bolstered me. They have instructed, encouraged, and admonished me. Not jumping ahead of God, or trying to make things happen my own way is just a bad idea… a good object lesson: Abraham, Sarah and Hagar.

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Charlene Brown December 10, 2016 at 11:50 am

Thank , Pastor. This morning I was reading Habakkuk 2:1 pertaining to waiting as a watchman on the wall. I was lead to see the rewards of waiting properly. As you said in your article above we search for scriptures about our topic & I came across this sweet encouraging piece..

Be blessed – Promoting God’s divine favor &.encouragement

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Patience December 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Hi Pastor,

Your article has really encouraged me. I am waiting on God for an important issue that I have been praying earnestly for. It is concerning my studies. 28th December will mark a month since I’ve been waiting on God patiently. It has not been easy. However, I am so grateful for this one month period where I have drawn closer to God. I patiently wait for Him to make His name Holy and known through me.

I am also drawing encouragement from the following verses:
Mark 11:24
Luke 14:12-14
James 5:13-18
John 15:16
Matthew 7:7-11

In summary, the scriptures remind us that whatever we ask for in prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, we surely have received it. Let us remember that God is fighting for us in our battles always and that He has plans to prosper us and not to harm or fail us Jeremiah 29:11

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P. Christensen February 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm

You wondered, and here’s an interesting answer, Pastor Daryl. I was looking for verses about waiting because we’re putting telephone “hold music” on our church phone. These were perfect – thank you. That’s not a real spiritual answer, but…maybe it is. For an anxious individual waiting to hear hope, it doesn’t get much better than this.

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anna April 18, 2017 at 11:40 am

I found my way here after searching for bible verses on waiting, to give me strength. I have spent most of my adult life waiting. Waiting to brought into full time music ministry for the past 7 years, waiting to have a child for the past 3 years.. waiting for the adoption of my nephew to go through for 3 years. God is good, but the waiting is very hard. Thank you for posting these scriptures. I am to be steadfast, and wait on the Lord. Breakthrough is close, it has to be.

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Charrity June 3, 2017 at 2:19 am

Im struggling with the wait. I pray for my husbands and childrens salvation as they seem to get further from God. I wait for their change or the relief from the horrific pain I feel while I watch their lives follow evil. Its excruciating.

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