Summary: Our perspective on what it means to "wait" is characterized by passivity. God wants us to wait expectantly.
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"Waiting--The Place of Expectation"
Pastor Jerry C. Vargo
Calvary Christian Chapel
A. Waiting! We all hate it—but I wonder why?
• Is it because we are impatient?
• Is it because we worry while waiting?
• Are we self-centered and believe we should not have to wait?
B. I suppose there are a thousand reasons. Yet, today—I want to impart God’s perspective of waiting. I hope to see all of us leave with a fresh understanding of waiting.
C. Let me start by washing us with the Word of God in the book of Psalms…
"Indeed, none of those who wait for Thee will be ashamed; Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed."
"Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, For Thou art the God of my salvation; For Thee I wait all the day."
"Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for Thee."
"Wait for the LORD; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD."
"Thou art my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Thy word."
D. Now, I think the answer to the question, "Why do we hate waiting," has it’s roots in a basic understanding of waiting.
E. Track with me now—we think of waiting in a passive manner. "Well, I can’t do much about it—I guess I’ll just have to WAIT."
F. We think of it as Killing Time or Wasting Time. But all of these ideas are inferior to God’s plan for waiting.
G. God’s plan for waiting is a combination of RESTING, PATIENCE, and WAITING!
"Rest (to be silent, to be still, to wait, to be dumb, to grow dumb) in the LORD and wait (to look for, to hope, to expect—to bind together, to collect, to be collected) patiently (Khool—to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner), i.e. (specifically) to dance, to writhe in pain) for Him…"
So, my definition of waiting is characterized like this…
"Waiting is to be so confident in God that whether you are resting in silence and stillness, feeling overwhelmed or dumb, or dancing in circles (even if it’s painful), you have decided to collect your thoughts, admit it hurts, and look for and expect God to intervene for you."
WAITING SHOULD BE A PLACE OF EXPECTATION!
Second only to suffering, waiting may be the greatest teacher and trainer in godliness, maturity, and genuine spirituality most of us ever encounter.
-- Richard Hendrix
G. So, we can wait Our Way or God’s Way.
A. Let me mention what will happen when we wait our way…
1. We Lose Perspective.
A. Job had it rough. Listen to his perspective on waiting:
"When I expected good, then evil came; When I waited for light, then darkness came."
B. We become irrational. Our thought lives wander.
C. We often don’t have anything good to say during the wait. We become…
2. It Produces Frustration, Unrest, and Anger.