Summary: This is a fascinating study on what “waiting on God” is, people who waited on God, how to wait on God and its mighty ramifications.
THE PRIORITY OF WAITING ON GOD
A. HUMOR: FUNDRAISER PRIZE
1. A Pastor was having a fundraiser at his church. On Sunday morning he got in the pulpit and boldly announced, “The first person who gives $1000 this morning can pick out 3 hymns.” 2. The sanctuary was quiet for a minute and then a spinster lady at the back waved her handkerchief and said, “Ok, I’ll give $1000.” The Pastor said, “Come on up here sister!” She did.
3. She handed him a check for the amount and he said, “What 3 hymns do you want?” She looked the congregation over and said, pointing, “I want him, and him, and him!”
1. Tonight we’re talking about the “Priority of Waiting on God.”
2. This is a fascinating study on what “waiting” is, people who waited on God, how to wait on God and its mighty ramifications.
3. We’re going to look at many different scriptures along the way.
I. QUIET TIME OF INTIMACY where we come to know God.
A. PLACE OF ONE ON ONE
1. “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Ps. 46:10.
2. You can get a lot from God in corporate worship services, Bible studies, and seminars. But if there’s no one-on-one between you and God, then your knowledge of Him is 2nd hand, or dependent on others.
3. You REALLY only get to know God intimately when you’re alone with Him. A poor analogy of a young couple who get married. The 2 of them, alone, come to know each other as no one else knows them. They couldn’t really gain that kind of soul-joining intimacy in a group setting.
4. That’s why we need to be alone with God; to know Him and be known of by Him.
B. PLACE TO RECEIVE MINISTRY
1. MARY & MARTHA; 39 [Martha] had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Lk. 10:39-42.
2. The word “distracted” above indicates there’s something she (or us) was supposed to be paying attention to, but wasn’t. The main event in that house was Jesus Himself, not the festivities.
a. One day, a teacher was teaching her young class the story of Jesus visiting Mary and Martha. She carefully explained how Mary and Martha had hurried to clean the house and cook a special meal.
b. Then she paused and asked, “What would you do if Jesus was going to visit your house today?”
c. One little girl quickly responded, “I’d get the Bible out of the closet and put it on the table!”