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Everyone Is Waiting For Something: What Are You Waiting For?

Updated on August 8, 2019
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


The word "wait" is in the Bible many times. Of course, the number of times depends on the version of the Bible you are reading. The King James Version (KJV) records the word "wait" 106 times. It totals 141 times if you count “waited” and "waiting."

No matter when the word is used, it is never used to encourage inactivity. Rather, it is used in the Bible as a way of trusting that something will eventually happen when the time is right.

Wait: Definition

The word "wait" means to stay where you are or to delay an action until a particular time or until something else happens. Usually, people wait for an expected event or action to occur. They can wait until it is their turn to do something, or for someone to arrive, for a bus, train, or plane to arrive.

Some common synonyms for the word include the followings when used as a verb:

  • stand by
  • hold back
  • be patient
  • bide one's time
  • mark time
  • kill time

Some common synonyms for the word include the followings when used as a noun:

  • the period of waiting.
  • a delay
  • an interval
  • an interlude
  • an intermission
  • a pause
  • a break
  • a moratorium
  • a hiatus

A Baby Waits

A baby waits nine months to be born. After the baby is born he continues to wait. He waits to be fed and have his diapers changed. He has to wait until he is old enough to go to school.

When my oldest grandson started school, his brother who is four years younger climbed on the bus behind him thinking he could go as well. His parents grabbed him and told him he had to wait. He did wait, and now he is a sophomore in high school while his older brother is a sophomore in college.

Adults Wait

There are hundreds of things adults wait for. They wait at the red traffic light. They wait to start their workday. They wait to go to meetings, on breaks, and to lunch. At the end of the day, they wait to go home.

Adults wait for milestone birthdays. They wait to go on vacations. They wait to get their food in restaurants. Some adults wait to graduate from college, get a job, get married, and have a baby.

There are times when people have to wait in line in the department and grocery stores. There is almost nothing people do that doesn't require waiting.

Scriptures About Waiting

The Bible commands us to wait patiently and not be weary as we wait for things to happen. If we are impatient while we wait, the time seems to be much longer.

Psalm 27:13
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

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.

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.

The Dash on a Person's Headstone Represents the Period of His Waiting From Birth to Death


No matter how long a person lives, the date of his birth and his death will be documented in several places. It will be in the newspaper, on his funeral program, and perhaps on his tombstone.

There is always be a dash separating his birthdate and the date he died. The dash in the middle represents his period of waiting between those two major events.

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