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January 21, 2019, 12:29 PM

Waiting on God



Waiting on God

Waiting on the God is not passive.  We tend to think of waiting as no activity, but waiting on God is not passive.  

Waiting on God means doing the things you are supposed to be doing.  What do we know that God wants us to do?  We know that we should be studying the Bible.  We know that we should be praying.  We know that we should be making disciples by baptizing people and teaching them God’s commands.  These are the basic things of the Christian life.  While we are waiting, we don’t worry.  We do the things that we are supposed to be doing.

Waiting on God means listening for the voice of God.  Hearing is passive.  Listening is active.  Listening is about tuning into what is being heard.  Likewise, I listen for the voice of God by paying attention to what he is bringing into my thoughts and life.  

Waiting on God means not moving before God tells you to move.  This may be the hardest part of waiting on God, especially if we are in a troubling or difficult situation.  We don’t want to be still and wait.  We want to do something about it.  Then, in our desire to do something, we move too quick and miss the blessing or even complicate the situation.  Wait for the command of the God.  Wait for him to tell you what to do and be ready to move as soon as he gives the instruction because waiting on the Lord comes with great benefits.

"but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)

Those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength.  You thought you were worn out and you couldn’t go any farther.  You thought it had gotten to you, but then you waited on the Lord.  Your strength was renewed.  God gave you his strength to go again.  It may have been too much for you, but with God, nothing is too much because it is his strength working in you.  Those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength.

Those who wait on the Lord rise above the problems of life.  Those who wait on the Lord soar.  They catch the air currents that propel them further and higher than they thought they could go.  The interesting thing is that soaring is natural for eagles.  It is what they do.  They learn very early in their lives to feel the air around them and use it to save their strength.  Once you learn to soar, life takes on a whole new perspective.  Those who wait on the Lord rise above the problems of life.

Those who wait on the Lord become well-conditioned.  The prophet Isaiah talked about running and not becoming weary.  Running is about the stressful times of life.  There are times when life can become very stressful; however, for the well-conditioned Christian it is not because you are trusting in God. Walking is about the routine activities of life.  The routine activities of life can drain you, but for the well-conditioned Christian it is not because you are trusting in God.

A well-conditioned Christian is made through trusting in the trainer.  You trainer is your Savior, Jesus Christ.  We put our faith and trust in him while we are waiting and we never worry because we know that Jesus knows the plan for our lives.  He will never take us where his grace can’t sustain us.  

"Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord." (Psalm 27:14)

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