“The Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you … Blessed are all those who wait for Him” (Isaiah 30:18).
The Lord waits for us before we wait upon him.
Our waiting upon the Lord is important – “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31).
His waiting upon us is even more important – and more wonderful.
Remember the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). All the time that the son was far from home, the father was waiting for him to return.
When we come back home to the Lord, we find that he’s been waiting for us to return – all the time that we’ve been wandering, far away from him.