WAITING IS SO VERY HARD… [Part Three]


 

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Text:  Psalm 62:1-8; Isaiah 40:31

             We are to WAIT for God to direct our steps. We are to TRUST God to provide our needs.  We are to WAIT silently in silence.  Those steps are powerful and needed but there is more so I ask you to continue our pursuit for guidance and learn to WAIT on God.

WAIT IN STABLE CONFIDENCE.

“He is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense (stronghold); I shall not be greatly moved.”  [v.2].   There is stability in Trusting the Lord.  We can wait on Him in quite confidence and the knowledge that HE NEVER FAILS.

Isaiah 40:31 tells us that “They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.”  In this instance, WAIT means to “twist or stretch in order to become strong.”  In the noun form, it means “a line” or “a rope.”  The idea is of stretching or twisting strands of hemp so that, in the process, it gains far greater strength.  This is where we trade our weakness for His strength.  I take my little strand, like that of a spider’s web and wrap it around the steel cable of His strength.  This is accomplished in the WAITING PROCESS and there my strand is as strong as His character.  I exchange my weakness for His strength.  His strength gives way in the Heat of Battle and it always holds firm.

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In WAITING on the LORD, there are three specific things that transpire.  We will mount up with wings as eagles.  We will run and not get tired.  We will walk and not become weary.  The Hebrew meaning is: “They will sprout wings like eagles.”  There is a place in God where we can soar above the problems and cares of this life.  Also, we can run the race set before us and no longer drag an anchor.  We can walk through the normal routine of life and not grow weary or faint.  WHY?  Because we are WAITING.  We are not going in our own strength but His and God NEVER gets tired.

The Benefit of this is powerful and quite simple.  We are to wait because:

  • He is our ONLY Deliverer – – He is our salvation (v.1).
  • He is our ONLY Security – – He is our stronghold (v.2)
  • He is our ONLY Hope – – Our hope is from Him (v.5)
  • He is our Glory – – On God, my Salvation and my glory rests (v.7)
  • He is our ONLY refuge – – My refuge is in God only (v.7) 

That is the theme…  It is ONLY GOD!  He and He alone is our source, strength, hope, deliverer, refuge, and hope.  He is our Provision.  So WHY DO WE WAIT?  Because without Him, we do not have deliverance.  We do not have Security, Hope, Glory, or Refuge.  Without Him WE ARE HELPLESS.

Waiting involves TRUSTING.  Waiting includes PRAYING.  Waiting implies RESTING.  I can assure you that God will keep His word if you are willing to wait!  Perseverance is a key!  We grow and learn, not when things come to us instantly, but when we are forced to wait.  It is in the times of waiting that God tempers and seasons us mellowing and maturing us.  He readies us for His service and call.

The Phillips translation of James 1:2-4 reads, “When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends!  Realize that they come to test your faith and produce in you the quality of endurance.  But let the process go on until the endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence.”  We need to change American’s Prayer to the Christian’s Prayer: “Lord, make me mature and I am willing to wait on You.”

If you would have patience you must learn trust!  You must practice self-control and have enough confidence in Jehovah God that you will AWAIT His direction regardless.  Patience is not a gift He will drop in our hearts it is a virtue that is developed through application of the principles and truths of His word.  We must Love Him completely.  We must Trust Him implicitly and we must Learn to wait!

God, bless you as you move forward in your journey and learn to WAIT! 

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