Next to suffering, waiting on God is probably the next toughest thing for our flesh to endure in our walks with Christ. It some instances, it may be more challenging. It not enough to undergo the pain of an unpleasant situation, but to add to that, the soul agony of waiting on God to rescue us in His timing and His way. Which 100% are not in the timing or way we would have preferred. If we are honest with ourselves, our flesh does not like to hear about waiting on God. It loves to hear about how God is going to do what our hearts desire. It does not like to hear that sometimes what our hearts desire is not God’s best for us. It loves to hear promises about how God is going to materialize the money, the spouse, the job/business/ministry, the influence, the house, the car, the this, or that. It does not want to hear that while it may be God’s best for us to have some of these things, we must first be prepared to steward them in the way He wills which equates to a time of waiting. I have learned the deeper your roots grow in Christ, the more time you will spend waiting on God in varying ways. It is just part of God’s spiritual process for our lives.
How do you handle waiting seasons? Do you wait patiently? Or do you spend much time murmuring and complaining? Are you intentional about trusting God to come through for you? Or do you try to figure things out on your own? Do you wait well? Or could your waiting stand some improvement?
My prayer is that after watching/reading this sermon, the Holy Spirit will show you the areas you need to grow in as it relates to waiting on God. And that He will empower you to allow God’s transformative work to take root in the inward parts of your existence so that you be and bear fruit that remains. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Now more than ever do I see the value and importance of waiting upon the Lord. I have learned there is much to appropriate in our waiting – strength, wisdom, more of Christ’s character developed in us, clarity of purpose, and diving positioning for God’s best, just to name some. There is so much wrapped up in waiting for the Lord to save us. This is just another supernatural display of how God uses the things our flesh hates the most to make us more like Him in faith, lifestyle, and purpose. Like suffering, He uses waiting seasons to course correct/reposition us for His best in our lives. What does course correction/repositioning look like in our everyday lives?
Everyday Scenarios in Which We Often Find Ourselves Waiting on God
Waiting on God to rescue us from a tough situation that we do not have the power to change on our own (Jn. 15:1-11)
Waiting on God to avenge us when we have been wronged (Prov. 20:22; Rom. 12:17-19; Deut. 32:35)
Waiting on God to manifest His promises in our lives (Psa. 104:27; Hab. 2:3)
The Bible has much to say about waiting on God. Let’s look at some Scriptures about waiting on God:
Psa. 25:3, 5, 21
What are some consequences of not waiting on God?
Forfeiting your destiny (1 Sam. 10:1-27; 13:8-14)
Waiting longer than needed (Gen. 16:1-16; 21:8-21)
Our Challenges with Waiting on God (Our Flesh)
Pride (Proverbs 11:2; Galatians 6:3)
Lack of Faith (Heb. 11:6; Jam. 1:6-8)
Too much of the world in us (1 John 2:15-17)
Lack of the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-25)
It is important to note that our challenges with waiting on God are sourced from us, and us, alone. God is not the problem. We are. The sooner we get this revelation, and establish the right heart posture of humility to surrender to His will, His Word, and His ways, the sooner we will realize release to our next. There is no spiritual ascension without submission. Although challenging to our souls, especially if we have spent more time feeding our flesh than our spirit man, it is necessary if we are to be like Christ, live for Christ, and reign with Christ.
What We Should Do While Waiting on God
Humble ourselves and acknowledge we do not know it all and need God’s power and direction in the matter (2 Chron. 7:14)
Fast from the world (this silences the noise we are daily inundated with through varying forms of unGodly communications – i.e., social media, TV, Internet, relationships, etc.) (1 John 2:15-17)
Spend as much time as we can in prayer, reading/studying/confessing God’s Word, and worship (Josh. 1:9)
Be intentional about consistently serving others (John 13:1-7)
Rewards of Waiting on God
Strength (Isa. 40:31)
Will not be ashamed (Isa. 49:23)
Become like God, Christ, and Holy Spirit in nature (2 Pet. 3:9-11)
Whether you have been saved two minutes or 25 years, waiting on God is not easy on our flesh, no matter how you look at it. But the truth is, it is a significantly needful part of or spiritual growth and development. As such, as long as we are on earth in this age, its presence in our lives is inevitable in some way, shape, form, or fashion. It behooves us not to resist it, but to align our thinking about it and purpose in our hearts to receive all God has for us through the process. As followers of Christ, let us be children of God who live what the Word teaches about opportunities to wait on God. For the weight of the glory that shall be revealed in us by doing so is for greater in value than the momentary discomfort we experience to get there (Rom. 8:18).
Invitation to Salvation
Many of you who have heard today’s message have been waiting for something meaningful to happen in your world for a long time now. You have sought out mean in all the wrong things – people, things, places, etc. Yet, you remain unfulfilled. By the Spirit of God, I can tell you what you seek cannot be found in anything earthly but can only be found in the one who created and gave His life for you. His name is Jesus Christ. Some of you have tasted of Jesus’ goodness, but have allowed your flesh, the ways of this world, or the cares of this life to cause you to be drawn away from Him. Whichever of these describes you, God has me here to let you know He loves you and wants nothing more than to be part of every aspect of your life so you can experience the fullness of all having a relationship with Him has to offer. Will you accept His invitation today?
If you want accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I would like to lead you into a prayer to help you do just that. Repeat after me.
“Dear Lord Jesus, I come to you acknowledging that you are the Holy and Sovereign God of all creation, and I am a sinner. I no longer want to be separated from you, but I want a real relationship with you. Right now, I make the decision to turn away from the world, sin and being led by my flesh to follow you. Please forgive me for all my sins Father, known and unknown. I declare with my mouth with total belief in my heart that Jesus Christ is your Son who died for my sins and whom you raised from the dead to sit at your right hand in Heaven. Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Savior. Come into my heart, take over my life and save me now. From this day forward I am yours. Transform me. Give me a heart to seek and please you. Help me to live a life that reverences you in words, thoughts, and actions. Instruct me in righteousness through your Word daily. And help me to abide in you and be and bear remaining fruit. I believe by faith, that I am right now born-again in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Congratulations on making the most important and best decision of your life!!! You are born-again!!! Happy Birthday!!! You should know that all of Heaven is rejoicing over your new birth in Christ (Luke 15:10 - “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.). This moment has been recorded in Heaven. You may be thinking, “Is Salvation really that simple?” Yes, to accept Salvation is that simple. To work out your Salvation through Christ by way of Holy Spirit according to Phil. 2:12 will be a process. The Good News is you are not in it alone. God is with you (Deut. 31:6) and will work in and through you (Phil. 2:13) every step of the way to be transformed into the image and likeness of His Son, now your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Okay, you are born again, now what? Like all of us when we were born-again, you probably have countless questions about what to do next. To help chart you on the right course to deepening your relationship with God through Christ by way of Holy Spirit, visit our website at www.mlam.org/jesus for a free guide on what your next steps are now that you are saved. Again, congratulations, and welcome to the family!