Q. I appreciate your answer for the person asking what it means to wait on the Lord. In your answer you said, ” I believe it means that after praying for direction, we are to wait patiently for the Lord to provide it.” If so, then how does James 2:17 apply, ” In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead?” To me, waiting means just that, you wait. You don’t step forward in any direction. So, if we pray in faith and then accompany that pray by action, where does the waiting fit in?
A. James was talking about the kind of action that identifies us as believers. You don’t need to wait upon the Lord for permission to feed the hungry, or clothe the poor. These are things He has already commanded us to do.
In my answer I was referring to situations where His will for us is not already clear. Examples of this could be marrying a certain person, taking a particular job, going into full time ministry, etc.