Summary: There is a very hard lesson to learn: HURRY UP AND WAIT. Often God uses DIVINE DELAYS to teach us faith. The is a danger that waiting can put your fire out. TO WAIT PATIENTLY is a difficult task.
HURRY UP AND WAIT…
DOES WAITING PUT YOUR FIRE OUT?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com (two part)
TEXT: Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Psalm 27:14 (MSG) Stay with GOD! Take heart. Don't quit. I'll say it again: Stay with GOD.
WAIT WITH PATIENCE? WHO ARE YOU KIDDING?
***Patient: BEARING PAINS AND TRIALS CALMLY WITHOUT COMPLAINT, steadfast despite opposition, difficulty or adversity, able and willing… able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or dealing with problems or difficult people, Patience, forbearance, long suffering,
Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psalm 37:7 (MSG) Quiet down before GOD, be prayerful before him. Don't bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top.
Do you remember waiting for Christmas day? Linda would put: 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20 down to 1 on a poster board. Each morning the boys would take the marker and X off the number. Today seems like there is no waiting. I get up December one and the next thing I know it is Christmas day. Here I come ready or not. Have you ever tried to MAKE SENSE OUT OF WAITING?
I often like to start with a question. You know Aristotle taught his students by asking questions. Well my question today is this: ARE YOU WAITING FOR SOMETHING?
Psalm 40:1 (KJV) I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Psalm 40:1 (MSG) A David psalm I waited and waited and waited for GOD. At last he looked; finally he listened.
***LET US DEFINE WAIT: TO STAY IN A PLACE UNTIL WHAT IS EXPECTED HAPPENS, WAIT: to expect or hope for soon, to defer action for a reason.
Often waiting is followed by the preposition FOR… I defer until… deferred action for a reason.
Waiting in the Bible is a verb and a noun. In the Bible TO WAIT promotes the idea of CONFIDENCE AND TRUST WITH FAITH IN THE LORD.
BLESSED ARE THEY THAT LEARN TO WAIT! WHAT ABOUT THOSE THAT WILL NEVER LEARN?
Soldiers in basic training have some much to learn. They learn to march, to run, to operate their weapons, to shoot, but there is a GREAT LESSON TO LEARN TO WAIT EXPECTANTLY. The good soldier learns to wait. WE CAN’T RUSH FORWARD IN PRESUMPTION, WE HAVE TO LEARN TO WAIT FOR THE ORDERS. You have to trust the timing to the commander even if he says TARRY HERE.
Psalm 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
Psalm 112:7 (NIV) He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
Isaiah 30:18 (MSG) But GOD's not finished. He's waiting around to be gracious to you. He's gathering strength to show mercy to you. GOD takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.
You want to talk stupid? Play the WAIGTING GAME, you delay your action to see what another person’s action will be…
TO AWAIT: to expect
DAVID’S LIFE WAS FULL OF WAITING… DAVID WAS THE EIGHT SON, HE LEARNED WAITING AT AN EARLY AGE… DAVID’S BROTHERS WERE GOOD LOOKING AND HIGHLY FAVORED, POOR OLD DAVID HAD LITTLE SENIORITY.
David ‘s dad, Jessie assigned David to low work. David learned TO WAIT in the fields. The Bear, the lion taught David. The sling practice, but David learned TO WAIT ON THE LORD… At 15 to 17 the preacher visited the house. David wasn’t even invited…
1 Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
Let’s say SAMUEL ANOINTED DAVID AT 16. There was little visible changes. What about at 17? No, WAIT. 18, No wait, 19, 20, 21, 22, ---- DAVID COULD HAVE FOUGHT SAUL, BUT: NO! WAIT! FINALLY AT 28 DAVID BECOME THE SECOND KING OF ISREAL. IT WAS A LONG 12 YEARS TO SEE HIS DREAM, THERE WAS A WHOLE LOT OF WAITING!
NEVER LOSE HEART WHILE YOU ARE WAIITING ON GOD’S PLAN…
Lamentations 3:21This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.