10 Bible Verses to Strengthen You As You Wait

The waiting game is the least fun game to play.

We’re averse to it because we like knowing outcomes. We’re especially averse to the waiting game when the outcome we’re anticipating is a positive one, as gratification is delayed. But waiting, no matter the context, tests our faith. It exercises our dependence on the God who initiates it for our good and his purposes—

Every day of waiting is another day of learning to trust him.

My husband, Brad, and I are waiting for our baby to come. Every hour of every day feels like pulling teeth, as we have zero control over the timing of her arrival. Every contraction gives me pause as I wonder, Is this the one? So I’ve grown discouraged over dashed hopes and the unfulfilled longing of meeting our child as another day passes…

What are you waiting for? Physical healing? A restored marriage? A promotion at work? A rebellious child? A cross-country move? The salvation of a beloved friend?

As I’ve been pouring over Scripture this week, I’ve asked God to teach me his character and ways during this time in-between, and I hope and pray the following verses will strengthen your faith while you wait, as they have strengthened mine:

1. Isaiah 40:30-31

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.

2. Job 23:14

For he will complete what he appoints for me,
    and many such things are in his mind.

3. Psalm 131

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
    my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
    too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
    like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord
    from this time forth and forevermore.

4. Jeremiah 32:27

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”

5. Ecclesiastes 3:14

I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.

6. Psalm 33:20-22

Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him
   because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in you.

7. Romans 8:31-32

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

8. Proverbs 16:1

The plans of the heart belong to man,
   but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

9. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

10. Psalm 25:3-5

Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
   they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
   teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
   for you are the God of my salvation;
   for you I wait all the day long.

What verses would you add to this list?

4 thoughts on “10 Bible Verses to Strengthen You As You Wait

  1. Rebecca says:

    God, using your book, “Hope When it Hurts” has ignited revival in my spirit…and I’m only on chapter 11. I have Lyme and another autoimmune syndrome. I was a fearful rabbit at Chapter 1, and I feel like a mighty Lioness now. Thank you, so much, both of you, for writing it in your suffering. Please pass my sentiments on to Sarah. Grateful and thankful that this is transforming me and, I’m sure, so many others. Looking forward to the rest of the book, but don’t want it to end. Can you start another one?? Please? 😊 God bless you both, and your families.


  2. Life is all JOY says:

    Hi, Kristen,
    I just began reading yours and Sarah’s book. As I was reading your stories, I guessed even before I read it that you (and Sarah) had Lyme.
    Why? I’ve had Lyme since 1987. I won’t go into details, except to say that even after my diagnosis in 1998, I still suffer a great deal of pain, and it seems that my, particular, “brand” of the disease is morphing into MS.
    I spent the better part of 18 years fighting with God about why He wasn’t healing me. Finally, in early 2014, I surrendered. He has been teaching me so much about His grace since then. I know He has a purpose for my suffering.
    Your book is helping me understand even better how His strength can be made perfect in my weakness.
    Thank you (and Sarah) for listening to the Lord when He nudged you to write it.
    Sheri Matsumoto


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