Summary: A new series about conversations we have with God. This will lead into a series on prayer.
Conversations with God
April 10, 2016
We're in a series called Conversations with God. Today, we're going to talk about when God seems late. Who dislikes waiting? We can’t stand waiting for water to boil. Or for a stop light to turn green. Or waiting for 30 seconds for something to warm up in the microwave? Who hates waiting on your spouse? Don't raise your hand.
The reality is, there are many of you who are waiting on God to do something.
Most of us have asked the question, "God, why didn't You do something? I don't understand." And the reality is, at different seasons of our lives, we face waiting seasons where we know God could do something, but doesn’t. We've seen Him do it in other people's lives, we have faith, and yet God doesn't do what we think He should do and we end up waiting and waiting. And it’s not easy!
Maybe you're waiting for God to provide the right job. You're ready to work, and it's just not there. Maybe you're waiting for God to do a miracle in a relationship. Maybe you're waiting for a house to sell. Maybe you're waiting for a child or a spouse to come to faith in Christ. Maybe you're waiting for a miracle in some kind of physical situation where the doctors have given you a really bad report - - - - and you're waiting and waiting. You believe God could do something and you're praying - - - yet God hasn’t done something.
One thought is this - - - a waiting season is never a wasted season. To illustrate this, we’re going to look at a story in the gospel of John 11. It’s a key story in the life of Jesus and some of His friends. It’s about 3 siblings - - Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. You could say they were really good friends of Jesus’. Like last week, I’m going to read scripture and talk about it, then keep the story moving.
1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
3 So the sisters sent to Jesus, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”
Notice the closeness of their relationship. They didn't even say Lazarus' name. They just said the one You love. That's how close they are. They are certain how this will end. We're worried about Lazarus, but Jesus is healing people and we know Jesus is going to come and heal Lazarus.
They wait and Jesus doesn't show up. The next day, they know He's going to be here, We was delayed. He'll be here by lunchtime. Isn't that Jesus? Oh, that's the mailman. We know He's coming.
The next evening comes and goes. No Jesus. Not a text, not a snapchat, nothing. They can’t believe Jesus hasn’t shown up. They believe. They have faith. While they were waiting, maybe they did something many of us do. . . they start reminding God about something He’s supposed to do for you.
I'm a good person, right? I go to church, I serve, I give money, I help others. I listen to Christian radio. That's how much I love You, God. I even tweeted a Bible verse last week. God, I did all these things, so You're going to do this for me. You were in our home. You ate my food. We’re close, right, Jesus? - - - - Jesus doesn't show up.