Sunday, August 25, 2019
God’s people Israel needed constant reminders of who God was and what he could do.
Downtrodden, disappointed and full of despair, his people had to learn from and by experience to wait upon the Lord.
Isaiah, one of the great prophets and men of God in the Old Testament had a constant need personally and along with God’s people to wait upon the Lord.
They had to wait upon the Lord as Author Kristi Walker put it.
To answer their prayers to renew their strength, to do what only God could do, they waited upon the Lord because he was God and they were not.
God’s people didn’t like to wait upon God, but it was good for them to do so.
If he answered their prayers their need immediately, then they would really not be strengthened nor changed.
God’s timing was perfect. Waiting brought his people good things, their impatience often brought them disappointment and hurt.
They got impatient with Moses and God. Waiting for Moses to return with the two tablets of the ten commandments so they melted their gold and made a golden calf to worship.
Bad idea! 3000 men were killed in punishment.
Saul became impatient and took on the role of priest and prophet and offered sacrifices before the Lord.
Bad idea! It cost him his kingdom and his life.
Abraham and Sarah became impatient and the results was Ismael called a Wild man” in the scripture.
In patience always brought about the hardship for God’s people. It brought disappointment and it brought idolatry.
If they had just learned to be patient.
God’s people wanted an immediate response from God.
Yet, if that would have occurred, then would they or God is in control?
Eventually God in his perfect timing would beg into move.
Vs 1 of Chapter 40 says “Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people sayeth your God.”
God was using Isaiah to do so.
Isaiah was reminding the people of who God was and his great love and patience toward them.
Isaiah said to the in vs 28.
Have you not know?
Have you don’t heard?
That the everlasting God, the Lord, the creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary, There is not searching for his understanding.
Of course they had known, of course they had heard, and understood about Jehovahs power, strength and
prominence but, their impatience caused them to lose sight of these things.
God loved his people ad he gave them what they needed to carry on and carry through.
When they became weary and weak, he in his way, his timing gave them strength.
To those who were exhausted of mind, body and spirit he gave them the strength they needed to carry through.
Impatience brought his peoples hardships, but that was their fault not Gods.
But when God lifted up their chins, when he gave them his hand to stand up, when he looked them in the spiritual eye with compassion, they were renewed.
Even when their youth would faint and fall, and the strongest among them would fall it was to teach them to have patience and to trust in God.
Yet, for those who had patience, for those who had learned to wait upon God.
Fr thos who had fainted and fallen.
For those who by faith or through hardship learned to wait upon the Lord.
The blessings of the Lord overflowed.
God would renew their strength, they would mount up with the strength of Eagles wings, they could run and not be wary and they could walk and not faint.
Today we as Christians became impatient.
We use the old saying “Lord, give me patience, but I want it right now.
Why would we say that?
Why do we even want to be granted patience and how is it that we have to learn to wait upon the Lord?
We need patience because impatience with God is going to bring hardship, disappointment and trouble.
We must learn to and exercise the ability to wait upon the Lord, because God is in control not us.
Waiting upon the Lord is good for us.
Yes, it is good for us. It helps us to trust our Lord in ways we were may never have thought we could trust.
It helps us to truly understand how we must walk by faith and not by sight.
We can appreciate in a better way 2 Peter 3:9a.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promises as some count slackness, but is patient toward us. 5…
It builds a greater trust in the Lord.
It helps us gain the ability to endure.
It creates our abilities in life to be examples to others in how to wait upon the Lord.
1st Timothy 1:16
It deepens our steadfastness and trust in the Lord.
“For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
It enables us to understand that we are God’s and he uses us to his pleasure.
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Listen, as a human being, there will be times when you will grow weary, time when you will grow faint and collapse mind, body, and spirit.
But as a Christian, we know that when that happens and we exhibit the ability to wait upon the Lord.
That we can expect that our strength will be renewed, that we will be able to soar above every circumstance or matters of life, that we can indeed endure the race, that we can run and not grow weary and that we can walk through life and even through the valley of the shadow of death and not faint.
What is it in your life, even today that you are having to exercise the ability to wait upon the Lord?
Do you have a spiritual issue and matter that needs resolved?
Have patience, keep watching, don’t waver, don’t grow weary. God in his timing will lift you up as Eagles wings.
His response is coming, hang in there.
Do you have a physical issue that just can’t get resolved or you need a healing.
Have patience, keep waiting, don’t waver because you are the Lords and he is yours.
What will God do, when will he remove those things?
He will answer in due time, in his time and it may not always be the way we would desire, but it will always be what his plans are for us.
Is it a financial problem that you are in.
And you keep praying for God to deliver on it.
Have patience, wait upon him remember Romans 8:28
“For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”
God will answer, we must sometimes wait.
I know it’s not easy, but if we truly trust in him, in his ways, his promises, then we must learn to wait upon his timing, his choices, his will.