Still Waiting…
04/26/2020

Still Waiting…

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Passage: Isaiah 40:31
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Intro: No one likes to wait. 

Story of Baby Nelson waiting for dinner and wanting to eat early. 

3 answers God can give: Yes, No, and… wait.

Example: I always used to tell my Mom, “Maybe means No.”

What would be the benefit of waiting?

Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)

Waiting on God is profitable for… 

1. eliminating hurry.

‘The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry’ ~ John Mark Comer

Symptoms of a hurried life:

Irritability, Hyper-sensitivity - shortness with others

Restlessness - can’t rest even when you have the time to do so

compulsive over-working - have to accomplish one more thing

Numbness - no empathy for others

Escapist behaviors - Netflix binging, drinking, etc.

Disconnect from calling - who are you and what were you called to do?

Not able to attend to human needs - exercise, eating at the right times, proper sleep

Hoarding energy - i can’t listen to this person or care about what they are saying.

slippage in spiritual practices

Sabbath

Silence and Solitude

Simple living

Slowing 

Waiting on God is profitable for… 

2. realizing dreams and desires.

Sometimes you have no choice…

Summarize the story of Hannah and Samuel: 

(1 Samuel 1:1-2:21)

Peninnah (second wife), Elkanah (husband), the Lord closing Hannah’s womb for a time.

What happens because of Hannah’s time of prayer and waiting?

1) God does for Hannah what she couldn’t do for herself.

2) God helps her prevail against her rival.

When God granted Hannah’s request…

Notice the contrast in the 2 people.. they basically change positions. 

Then Hannah prayed and said:

1 “My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.

2 “There is no one holy like the Lord;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.

3 “Do not keep talking so proudly
or let your mouth speak such arrogance,
for the Lord is a God who knows,
and by him deeds are weighed.

4 “The bows of the warriors are broken,
but those who stumbled are armed with strength.

5 Those who were full hire themselves out for food,
but those who were hungry are hungry no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children,
but she who has had many sons pines away.

6 “The Lord brings death and makes alive;
he brings down to the grave and raises up.

7 The Lord sends poverty and wealth;
he humbles and he exalts.

8 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes
and has them inherit a throne of honor.

“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;
on them he has set the world.

9 He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,
but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.

“It is not by strength that one prevails;

10 those who oppose the Lord will be broken.
The Most High will thunder from heaven;
the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.

Waiting on God is profitable for…

3. subduing and punishing enemies. 

Moses brought the people out of Egypt but Pharaoh changed his mind and chased after them. 

10 When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”

And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

Exodus 14:13-14

God can so a much better job than we can.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

Romans 12:17-19

‘give place to wrath’. God might not intervene if I take it upon myself to do so. 

The temptation to ‘get even’.

Waiting on God is profitable for…

4. overcoming temptation.

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him…”

Matthew 4:1-3a

Jesus fasted before: 

1) temptation… “lead us not into temptation” we are told to pray.

“Lord please don’t give me success if it will cause my heart to become proud.”

Would you pray that?

2) ministry 

(Luke 22:31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.)

Waiting on God is profitable for…

5. gaining strength and vision prior to service.

Example: After this “stay-at-home” order is over, life will resume in some way. 

Are you ready?

Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)

Lots of ‘gods’ are competing for your attention.

 

What am I hoping will deliver me?

The prayer preceding all prayers is 'May it be the real I who speaks. 

May it be the real Thou that I speak to.'

~ C. S. Lewis

Waiting on God is profitable for…

6. maintaining an eternal perspective.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

1 Peter 5:10

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