the Lord will wait for you

The earth is full of His glory.

I have been reading Isaiah 30 for days now, unable to leave this chapter; unable to leave the glimpses of grace and glory that come through these pages and fill my heart. These are the words I have kept reading over and over, “therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you.” These words, they spell the glory of His grace and they come with these soft whispers of His love for us.

“Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18)

Do you hear that, dear one? The Lord will wait. He is waiting for you, longing for you to lift your eyes towards Him and see Him there, right with you. The Lord is waiting for you, His patient love and gentle grace waiting to pour over you. Oh, He knows about your days — the ones when you wander off; when the pain or the weight or the temptations of this world take hold of your heart. He knows about the hard days and the weary ones; when you try too much and when you want to give up. He knows, and He will wait. For you.

He will wait for you, longing for you to turn to Him with your hurt and troubles because He delights in you. He wants you to return to Him so He will wait, and it is because He wants to be gracious to you — even if it means waiting out your stubborn days and selfish ways.

And when you finally do return to Him? Oh, sweet grace.

“For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you.” (Isaiah 30:19)

He will hear you. Never doubt that, precious one. The Lord will hear you when you cry out to Him, when you fall on your knees with the last bit of the strength left. Those silent cries of your soul, the quiet tears of your heart — the Lord hears them, and He will answer. His scarred hands will cup your heart, His tender heart crying with you.

I know it is a lot you try to carry, this shame and all that pain, your rebellious ways and hopeless days. There will always be these days when everything is just too much, or when it plain hurts to go through one more day, or when you wander off the path even though you knew better. But know this — with the Lord, you will find mercy and grace. You will be blessed when you choose Him. When you choose to come to the Lord and trust Him, trust that there are only better things ahead. You will find mercy and grace; you will find everlasting love.

Is there something in your life — a part of your heart — that you have yet to give or are struggling to entirely give to the Lord? Is there something that you are waiting the Lord to answer? How can I pray with you and for you this week?

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  • lperkowski

    Not only will He wait, but I believe He pursues! Pursues those who are confused, empty, without direction, fatherless, hopeless...He is working in the hearts of those who don't believe in Him yet. I'm glad I stopped by! :)

    • Ronja

      Isn't it amazing, how the Lord really wants to be with us -- and wants us, enough to wait for us and pursue us. Thank you for your visit, Laura! I'm so glad you stopped by! :)

  • dukeslee

    Your words are game-changing. Thank you for sharing so beautifully.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement, Jennifer! They really mean a lot. :) Blessings!

  • Lux Ganzon

    That's a very reassuring topic to write about. When it seems He doesn't answer our call, He waits for us. At all times, He waits for us. In Him alone do we find rest.

    • Ronja

      What a great comfort it is to know that He is there for us, even when it doesn't seem so in the moment. Thank you for stopping by, Lux! Blessings!

  • pjkuhn

    Love that sweet grace! I'm looking forward to the tears being washed away. It will be amazing--amazing grace! ~Pamela

    • Ronja

      I'm there with you, Pamela, looking forward to that time when tears will be wiped away and there will be no more sorrow, crying or pain. Thank you for your visit, Pamela!

  • Kaylene Yoder

    I never cease to be amazed, humbled and deeply thankful that God is so patient with me. What an awesome love it takes wait on someone like me to realize how very real He is! Not only that, but to realize how trustworthy and faithful He is. We serve an amazing God.

    • Ronja

      We certainly do serve an awesome God! His never-ending, everlasting love is just so, so amazing. Thank you for stopping by, Kaylene!

  • kenzelsfire

    Beautifully written, thank you. I hope at some point something I've written will bring you as much comfort as this did me. Blessings, -Kenzel

    • Ronja

      I'm so glad you were able to find comfort here, Kenzel! The Lord is so good, to use us to bring comfort and to edify one another. I'm so humbled and amazed whenever I hear that the Lord is using me -- but then, He is the one doing the work through us, we only need to be open to be used by Him. What a blessing it is that you stopped by here, Kenzel!

  • Jeannie Pallett

    Ronja, how blessed I am to have found your blog, thank you for writing beautiful words of truth. This verse in Isaiah happens to be 'my' verse and I love the imagery it creates, you shared it well. Your heart shines with His glory and grace, this is evident in your words and I pray God will continue to pour and pour into your heart until you are constantly overflowing.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for these beautiful words of encouragement, Jeannie! I can't tell you how much they mean to me right now! Blessings!

  • Hazel Moon

    Awesome post on God waiting for us to draw closer. He desires that we also "wait on the Lord." I am your neighbor at Essential Things with Mel

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Hazel! Blessings!

  • Hi there - coming to you from the Faith Filled Friday link up and WOW I'm so glad I saw your post. What a different perspective - instead of being frustrated with waiting on God, having that visual of HIM waiting on us is so powerful. SO powerful and encouraging. Blessings on you! - Julie @

    • Ronja

      It really does make such a difference, this image of God waiting for us. Just the thought of that fills my heart with grace, and even more so when I wait for Him! I'm so glad you stopped by, Julie! God bless you!

  • joanneviola

    Amazing to think of Him waiting for us, for me. Mind blogging. Grateful to have this picture in my mind today. Thank you!

    • Ronja

      That thought of God waiting for us -- for me -- has certainly been carrying me through this week! So glad that it was a blessing to you as well, Joanne!

  • Bijee

    Your words just blessed me so much right now. Thank you for posting this, I really appreciate it.

    • Ronja

      Thank you for sharing this with me, Bijee! I'm so, so glad you were able to find some encouragement here!

  • Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    What amazing promises in God's word. Isaiah is one of my faves... Along with about 30 others (ha!) So encouraged by your post today-- thank you!

    • Ronja

      What a blessing it is to hear that you found encouragement here, Sharita! Thank you for stopping by! :)

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  • Susannah

    <3 The Lord truly does long for us all to be drawn near to Himself. Thanks for linking this up with the Faith and Fellowship blog hop!

    • Ronja

      What a blessing it is that you stopped by here, Susannah! :)