Encouraging Bible Verses about Waiting on the Lord

Many times in life, God asks us to wait for His perfect plan to unfold.

But let’s face it, waiting on the Lord is the hardest thing we will ever do.

Because it’s just human nature to want it all right now.

So, instead of waiting for God’s plan, we try to do it on our own. And usually end up wondering why it didn’t work out.

Thankfully, it’s in God’s character to be patient, even when we’re not.

If you’re in a time of waiting, these Encouraging Bible Verses about Waiting on the Lord will inspire you during this season of life.


Top Waiting on God Bible Verses

God’s word is full of encouragement for Biblical waiting.

Below are some of the top Bible Verses about Waiting on the Lord.

I pray they will help you see all of the goodness of our Heavenly Father and all He has in store for you at the end of your wait.


Therefore, return to your God,

Observe kindness and justice,

And wait for your God continually.

                                      Hosea 12:6


Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you,

And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.

For the Lord is a God of justice;

How blessed are all those who long for Him.

                                        Isaiah 30:18


Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain?

Or can the heavens grant showers?

Is it not You, O Lord our God?

Therefore we hope in You,

For You are the one who has done all these things.

                                      Jeremiah 14:22


He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
 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 40:29-31 ESV


In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;

In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

                                     Psalm 5:3


And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.

                                    Romans 8:23


For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.

                                    Galatians 5:5


“My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth,

And My arms will judge the peoples;

The coastlands will wait for Me,

And for My arm they will wait expectantly.

                                      Isaiah 51:5


But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord;

I will wait for the God of my salvation.

My God will hear me.

                                       Micah 7:7


And I will wait for the Lord who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him.

                                        Isaiah 8:17


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Bible Verses about Waiting Patiently

How do you wait on the Lord patiently? This is the question that plagues Christians.

Because waiting is hard. And the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to remain patient and steadfast in the faith.

But the following Bible Verses about waiting patiently will help you in the fight to stay the course.


Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;

Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,

Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

                                       Psalm 37:7


rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;

                                        Romans 12:12 NKJV


 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

                                       James 5:7-8 NKJV


“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.

                                       Luke 12:35-40


Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

                                     James 1:2-3 ESV


To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.

                                        Psalm 40:1 NKJV


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 1:12 ESV



Waiting for Jesus

As Christians, we are waiting for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He is the hope that we long for and eagerly await.

And when the waiting is hard, these Bible Verses about Waiting on the Lord will give you strength to endure to the end.


so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,

                                      1 Corinthians 1:7


Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.

                                       1 Corinthians 4:5


looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,

                                       Titus 2:13


so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

                                     Hebrews 9:28


And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

                                        Romans 8:23-25


“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,

“Therefore I have hope in Him.”

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,

To the person who seeks Him.

It is good that he waits silently

For the salvation of the Lord.

                                       Lamentations 3:24-26


When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.

                                       Revelation 6:9-11


“For Your salvation I wait, O Lord.

                                       Genesis 49:18


And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

                                     Philippians 1:6 ESV



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Psalms about Waiting

The Psalms are full of inspiration for every season of life.

The beautiful Psalms about waiting below will remind you of the promise of the Father and put a new song in your heart as you trust in Him.


Wait for the Lord;

<strong>Be strong and let your heart take courage;

Yes, wait for the Lord.

                                       Psalm 27:14


I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

                                      Psalm 130:5 NIV


I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

                                     Psalm 27:13 NKJV



Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,

As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,

So our eyes look to the Lord our God,

Until He is gracious to us.

                                       Psalm 123:2


Lead me in Your truth and teach me,

For You are the God of my salvation;

For You I wait all the day.

                                      Psalm 25:5


The eyes of all look to You,

And You give them their food in due time.

You open Your hand

And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

                                       Psalm 145:15-16


Our soul waits for the Lord;

He is our help and our shield.

                                    Psalm 33:20


I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

                                    Psalm 130:5 KJV


“And now, Lord, for what do I wait?

My hope is in You.

                                        Psalm 39:7


He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
 He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.

                                       Psalm 40:2-3 ESV


Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.

                                      Psalm 143:8 NIV




Scriptures about Waiting on God’s Timing

God’s timing is perfect. He’s never early, and never late. And the purpose of the Lord will always be fulfilled in our lives.

In the proper time the will of God will become evident in your life.

Until then these inspirational Bible verses about Waiting on the Lord will see you through.


My times are in Your hand;

                                       Psalm 31:15 NKJV


But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

                                      2 Peter 3:8 NIV


But I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
forever and ever.
I will thank you forever,
because you have done it.
I will wait for your name, for it is good,
in the presence of the godly.

                                     Psalm 52:8-9 ESV


I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
 He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

                                   Psalm 57:2-3 ESV


And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

                                 Romans 8:28 ESV



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Examples of Waiting in the Bible

It can be frustrating when God asks us to wait. We want to forge ahead and get on with it. But God has another plan.

So, here are some great examples of those who waited on the Lord in the Bible.

I pray they will encourage you during your seasons of waiting.


Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.

                                        Mark 15:43


And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

                                         Luke 2:25


he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.  For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

                                      Esther 4:13-14 NIV


I know how hard it is to wait. I’ve been there many times and it felt like it would never end. But during my seasons of waiting, I found hope in God’s Word and learned more about God’s character than I ever would have on my own.

So, I hope these Encouraging Bible Verses about Waiting on the Lord have helped you see the light at the end of the tunnel. And give you strength as you await the next step of the journey.

If you will wait on the Lord and you will see His perfect plan unfold in your life.

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