Summary: Waiting on the Lord seems like a simple directive, but what do we do while we wait? This sermon offers some Biblically based suggestions.
Psa 130:1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.
Psa 130:2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
Psa 130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
Psa 130:4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
Psa 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
Psa 130:6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
Psa 130:7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
Psa 130:8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
"The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it." -Arnold H. Glaslow
You get the chicken at McDonalds. You get the vegetables at the store. You get the bread from the bakery. You get the milk from the refrigerator.
Does anyone mill their own corn? Milk their own cows? Raise their own chickens? Not most of us! We even have someone else change the oil, and we expect it to be done in 20 minutes or less!
We live in an instant gratification, fast food, microwave society. We can buy things with money we haven’t earned, eat food we didn’t grow and wear clothes we didn’t sew.
And when it comes to the things of God, we want our blessings carefully prepared by the sacrifice and soul-searching of others. All of life’s problems are to be solved during each church service, just like they are in the average 30 minute sit-com. And if they’re not, not-to-worry! We’ll solve them ourselves. After all, we’re busy people!
And that’s what we do...we solve our own problems. We fulfill our own prophesies. We make our own destinies. And somewhere in the middle of all of our self-actualization, we miss the purpose of God.
The world does not need self-made men and women, it needs God made men and God made women and God made young people who with patience possess the promises of God.
Heb 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
Heb 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Heb 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
Heb 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Heb 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
We hear a lot about patience, but sometimes lack the how-to knowlege, the everyday put-it-into-practice skills that move patience from the realm of theory and principle into the concrete world of everyday life.
"The secret of patience is to do something else in the meantime." -Anonymous
So what do you do while you wait?
1. Trust God!
He is not a man that He should lie. When God puts you on hold, hold on! Know that He is good! He is in control!
Luk 7:12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.