Waiting

Waiting

All of us are waiting for something.  But it is in our phases of waiting that we can make some of our biggest mistakes.  Discover how the secret of waiting.

 

Outline

PROBLEM

  • Spiritual transformation happens in the waiting room.
  • Waiting well doesn’t mean waiting without pain. What if Hannah had resigned herself to childlessness instead of pouring out her prayers to God with her tears? What if the father of the Prodigal Son had dried his eyes and moved on, rather than watching and waiting for his wayward one to come home? What if Hosea, instead of grieving over his wife’s unfaithfulness, had proclaimed that this was God’s will and he was probably better off without her?
  • When sickness is serious, it is rarely over quickly. Waiting is integral to the experience of illness. We wait on test results. We wait on remission. We wait on relief from side effects. Most of all, we wait on healing, and often we don’t know whether that healing will come in this life or the next.
  • If God doesn’t answer… Imagine a pilot announcing over the loudspeaker, “Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve heard your frustration. I’m going to land in the next fifteen minutes whether I get clearance or not.”

GOD

  • Luke 18 – parable to pray always and not to lose heart. We are in between.  Contrast between all power and no power.
  • Great battle of faith.  One thing to have faith to ask, another things to wait for the answer.

SOLUTION

  • Instead of giving it to God at the beginning, I tried manipulating.
  • I must have God’s help.  I can have God’s help. I will have God’s help.
  • He works for those who wait for him.

VISION

  • He wishes that we would not only say, when He bestows the gift, “How good is God!” but that long before it comes, and even if it never comes, we should all the time be experiencing: it is good that a man should quietly wait. “The LORD is good unto them that wait for him.” What a blessed life the life of waiting then becomes, the continual worship of faith, adoring, and trusting His goodness. As the soul learns its secret, every act or exercise of waiting becomes just a quiet entering into the goodness of God, to let it do its blessed work and satisfy our every need
  • When your waiting ends, your waiting has not ended. Until we are safely home in the presence of Christ, we live in a fallen world in earthly tents. If you finally have the thing you’ve been waiting for, don’t mistake the joy it brings for ultimate joy. We have an enemy, and he likes to take God’s blessings and turn them into idols.
  • I still struggle with wanting God’s gifts more than I want him. But I’m grateful that God continues to withhold some of his gifts in order to satisfy me with himself.
  • Your life is to be staked on the faithfulness of a just God who sees the vulnerable.