Summary: The delay to recieving from the Lord is often because we are waiting for God to do something when we should be doing something.
What Are You Waiting For?
TEXT – Isaiah 40:31
There is not one place in the bible that tells you to wait for the Lord. It says wait upon the Lord. The revelation of the difference between waiting for the Lord and waiting upon the Lord is the attitude with which we wait. There is waiting and then there is waiting. Most of us are waiting the wrong way. Most Christians wait for God to move with their arms folded, watching their watch and patting their foot, saying “What’s taking God so long?” It doesn’t take God a long time to do anything. There is nothing inept about God. There’s nothing incapable about God. There’s nothing incomplete about God. There’s nothing He can’t handle. There’s nothing He can’t do. There’s nothing that keeps God from doing what He wants to do for me SUDDENLY unless there’s something inept in me, incapable in me, or incomplete in me. There must be something in me that keeps me from handling the suddenly. The fact of the matter is we aren’t waiting for God. God is waiting for us. God is waiting for us to start waiting on Him. Waiting for the Lord vs waiting on the Lord is a matter of having the right attitude. Waiting for the Lord vs waiting on the Lord is a matter of asking the right question. I need to stop waiting like a customer in a restaurant and start waiting like a waiter in a restaurant. The right question is not “What’s taking so long.” The right question is “May I take your order.” It’s never a question of whether or not God can do it. The question is what am I suppose to do. Waiting on the Lord requires me to do something. It might require me to search. We learned last week that something good can come out of something bad if I allow the test, trial, or tribulation to show me what’s wrong in me. I need to search me. Is there something in me that makes me not ready to receive the suddenly. There could be sin in the camp. There could be fear that holding me here away from the promise of God. There could be doubt that keeping me out of the promise of God. There could be something I’m not believing that is keeping me from receiving the promise of God. I little sin is a big thing. God is waiting for me to search me because there’s nothing wrong with Him. Just ask the children of Israel. They had to search themselves to find out why they could take a little city like Ai. God had already allowed Israel to take Jericho with a shout. God later allow them to take Ai by strategy. God allowed them to take the Gibeonites by surrender. God allowed them to take the 5 kings of the south by surprise. However there was a hold up after Jericho when there was sin the camp. I need to search me to see am I waiting on the Lord or is the Lord waiting for me. The Lord may be waiting for me to search me. The Lord may be waiting for me to serve Him. God may be waiting for me to get off my “do nothing” and do something. How can we expect to get something when we do nothing. Waiting on the Lord is not waiting for the Lord, it’s working for the Lord. What are you waiting for. If you like having nothing, then keep doing nothing. If you want something other than nothing then you have to do something. You have to wait upon the Lord.
If you wait upon the Lord, you will renew your strength. To renew is to exchange. If I search myself and serve the Lord I can make an exchange. Salvation is all about an exchange. My sin for His salvation. My poverty for His wealth. My sickness for His health. He died so I could live. He went through hell so I could go to heaven. It the great exchange. I exchange my weakness for his strength if I wait on the Lord. It’s exchanging my yoke for His. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. However, there is a yoke. Just like oxen used to plow a field, the yoke is placed upon them for them to do the work. There is a burden. The burden God has placed upon us is to wait upon Him. What are we waiting for? Are we waiting for God to do what we should be doing? Are we waiting for God to rain blessings from the sky into our lap while the answer to our prayers is already within our reach? Are we waiting for the Lord when we should be waiting upon the Lord? God is waiting for us to start waiting upon Him. What are you waiting for?