So today we’re going talk a little bit about waiting. Few things probably test our faith, make us more irritated, make us more frustrated than having to wait. I don’t know about you guys but when I’m in traffic there’s this sense of peace that comes about in me. Am I on my own? I don’t know. Or Walmart, like the grocery line, maybe the line up in the bank, man it just gives me this heart of compassion for everyone around me. No. Kidding aside though, if we’re being honest, simply it’s a struggle, we do not like to wait at all. So in today I think like pastor Nick referred to in his last message, things are a lot different nowadays than even let’s say the farmer of a hundred years ago. I really appreciated the sowing and reaping message last week, and it really made me think for this week about just how different it must be now. The farmer had to wait, there were seasons, there’s things like that. And now today we can pretty much have everything we need in a flash, in the blink of an eye. We need to have an answer to a question, Google. Feeling a little bit hungry, McDonald’s is open 24 hours I think, I don’t know. Probably not the best place to eat, but we can. Max is open all the time.
So with that I think it’s created in society a place where instant gratification is something that we all have and we all struggle with. So one of the fruits of the spirit is patience. Waiting really is a crucial and a very important part of life, learning the skills to do so or trusting in God for that. There’s just certain things in life that through waiting or being patient that we simply can’t grow or learn any other way than by having to wait or by being patient, we just simply can’t right. And our lack of understanding in this age where everything is so readily accessible, our lack of understanding these certain principles can lead to so many problems. Just some examples, like our inability to delay, let’s say, our personal gratification leads to debt. Our inability to delay our sexual gratification maybe leads to many different things, it leads to broken hearts, broken homes, unplanned pregnancies, diseases and other social things. Those are just a few, but it’s an ability to hold back. We’re a society that when we want it, we want it, and we want it now. And so this is a very overlooked topic as we walk through our life with God.
Let’s just pray – Father God I just thank you for your house Lord that you have built. I thank you that we can come here today, we can seek your truth together, we can fellowship together Lord, and we can trust that you are here with us. So father God I ask that you just salt my lips Lord with your words, remove anything that is of me and just stir up your people’s hearts for your truth today. Bless them, open the eyes of their understanding today. And I pray that seeds will be planted today, in Jesus name, amen.
I will end that with saying it doesn’t have to be that way, we don’t have to be instantly gratified, we don’t have to be impatient people. It is a fruit of the spirit, and if we invest and allow God to nurture it, we can overcome these things. So today we’re going to spend a little bit of time about learning of the daring faith to wait on God. We’re going to carry on in in Part 7 of Rick Warren’s Daring Faith series of waiting on God. And let’s go right back to the beginning, and in the beginning I mean we’re all children of God, I’m a child of God. You are all children of God. And you might want to write this down because it’s not a part of your book, but like children there’s certain lessons that we need to learn. Number one is the difference between no and not yet. As children we learn that very young, and as our great, fearless leader, Pastor Chuck Roth, would always say, I’m going to throw this in for free, you can tell the level of maturity of a child by the way they respond to that statement, the difference between no and not yet.
So God wants us to understand this, he wants us to get this deep down in our hearts. In Ecclesiastes 3:11 it says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time, he has also set eternity in the human heart, yet no one can fathom what God has done from the beginning to the end.” So we need to understand that we’re not going to know it all. God has given us a desire, a yearning for eternity for him. But it doesn’t say that we’re going to get to understand it all. It says that we just can’t simply fathom that, this side of heaven anyways. And I will say this, it’s not that God can’t reveal everything to us, he can. If he so chooses, he does, and sometimes he does, in miracles and in visions and in many different things that we’ve seen manifested in these days. But he doesn’t fix everything for us all the time, and there’s a reason for that. He’s not a genie; he’s a creator. And he wants to show us more about our heart, he wants to create a heart in us that desires him, he wants to create a person like Christ in each and every one of us. Imagine if he granted us everything that we asked him for; would that manifest a person and a desired heart to be more like Christ? It would probably turn out to be a bunch of spoiled brats. What does it say in the word? Stiff necked rebellious people. We already got that covered, we don’t need any more.
Our faith in God should not be built on what God can do for us; our faith in God should be built on what he’s already done, and that’s enough. This is why I personally find the importance and the value to this part of daring faith. And I don’t know why I always draw the straw on the very serious stuff, because I’m not normally a serious guy. But this is important to me because I personally think that the faith required to wait is equally, if not maybe even more important than the faith that’s required to step out in boldness. I’ll tell you the difference. When I have no other source but to rely on God, so when I’m stepping out or going on a mission in the mission field, or when I have lost my job and I need to move in a direction that requires my faith, it almost gives me an empowerment. I feel bold and strengthened to move in faith, and it almost creates this level of excitement for me. Perfect love casts out all fear.
But waiting is a different animal altogether. When you’re waiting, they don’t teach you this in school, they don’t teach you this in seminary, they don’t teach you this in Sunday school very often. This is a life skill that has to be developed by character, and can only be developed through waiting and through character. So I find it extremely important and I’m glad that we got to do this, but I will say that it does often get overlooked, so bear with me because it might hurt. But more than that, I think we’re just going to trust God and his truth that’s available to us in his word. There are some practical stuff that shows us the value of waiting, so let’s just dig into that. On your notes today we’re going to learn a few things, five things we’re going to talk about, about what to remember when we’re waiting on God. And we’re also going to learn four things of what to do while we’re waiting on God, and then some basic principles, so bear with me. It’s a lot to go through, and we’re going to probably go through it fairly quickly.
So number one – Pastor Nick did a great job last week of talking about reaping and sowing. We sow carrots, we’re not going to get gold. We sow strawberries, we’re not going to get potatoes. What we sow is what we’re going to get, and in most cases we’re going to get more. But, number one, remember there is a natural delay between planting and harvesting – this is topic six I think right from your message, so this is kind of a carryover but it’s extremely important to understand how to wait on God. Sowing and reaping is a big part of waiting, you have to continue to sow. In Ecclesiastes 3:1 – 5 it says that, “There’s a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. A time to plant, a time to unroot, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them.” That’s just many, I’m just kind of picking from here, there’s lots. But there’s a time for absolutely everything, and I thank God for that, there is a time for everything. And many of us through this series already be it that we’re on part seven, you guys have probably stepped out, been bold in your faith and have started planting and sowing seed. Maybe you’re sowing financial seeds, maybe you’re sowing the seeds of service our sacrifice. But you’re not going to see the result of those seeds immediately. We have to be willing like the farmer to wait and trust and patiently expect God’s promise to come through.
Number two – remember that there is an unseen battle going on. We don’t often pay much attention to that but it says in Ephesians 6:12, “For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in dark world, and against evil spirits in heavenly places.” There is a war going on whether you like to admit it or not. There’s a war between good and evil, there’s a war between angels and demons, there’s a war between our flesh and the spirit of God. And we’re caught in the middle of it regardless if we like to think so or not, we are in the middle of it, it says so. And we often don’t understand it, these are places that we can’t see. it’s in the spiritual realms, it’s a heavenly warfare. It’s almost daunting to think that, that we are a part of that, but our choices do count, and our obedience counts. So if you’re a child of God, and we need to learn this patience thing, this is being able to wait. This Satan character wants to mess your day up. He does not want you to wait.
If we continue to look at this verse in 6:12, the verse is saying that when we pray or when we expect things and we’re fighting these battles, the evil rulers are going to throw darts at us, they’re going to throw darts of doubt or discouragement, maybe disappointment, delay, depression. But it also says that because this verse is revealed to us that we should be aware of it, we should expect that. The truth is we don’t really see much else in Scripture and in the Bible, much more really about this spiritual warfare, but we get a glimpse of it in the Book of Daniel. Daniel 10: 11, 13 says, “And the man said to me,” he’s referring to an angel, “A man said to Daniel, ‘you are precious to God so listen carefully to what I have to say to you. Stand up for I have been sent to you.’ When he said this to me I stood up and was trembling. Then he said, ‘Don’t be afraid Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before God, your requests have been heard in heaven. I have come an answer to your prayer, but for twenty-one days the spirit of the prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. And then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia.'” There’s a battle going on, we don’t see it. We have angels waging war on our behalf because of Jesus Christ. But a free note to maybe write down, a delay is not a denial. There’s stuff going on that we don’t know.
Number three – remember God is preparing me for his blessing. God usually has a bigger and better idea in mind than we do. But he needs to prepare our hearts to be ready to receive. Usually he wants to strengthen our faith first. The first thing he does before he answers prayer usually for, let’s say a job, maybe some of your praying for jobs right now or a mate, a child, to get married, maybe to overcome an addiction, he first wants us to be ready because he is invested more in changing our character and our hearts. Like we kind of alluded to in the introduction, if he granted us everything we want ,I don’t know if that would produce a harvest in us that would glorify God. He wants to strengthen our faith and our character through preparing us. And sometimes we don’t like to be prepared. 1 Peter 1: 6 – 7 says, “There’s wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. These troubles test your faith to show that it is strong and pure just as fire tests and purifies gold and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold.”
I would raise my hand for this, but some of you like myself maybe are going through the fire right now. Don’t stop. If you are walking through hell keep walking, don’t stop, keep going. But remember when you’re waiting it’s always a test, this is a test of our faith, it’s test of our character, it tests our trust in God, and it tests our faith, our endurance, it tests lots of things. But remember while we wait that God is with us, till the end of the days he is with us, and he wants us to choose him. I don’t know why I’m adding this in because I’ve never experienced it, but Paul compares waiting on God to being pregnant. And the only reason why I’m adding this in is because I watched my wife go through this process, and I did not have much to contribute to this process except for at the beginning. But going through the process there was not much of me being able to do anything, so I had to watch this woman trust God through this process. Romans comes in, it says, “Waiting does not diminish us any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We don’t see what is enlarging us, but the longer we wait, the larger we become.” Spiritually guys, stay focused. And the more joyful our expectancy.
Meanwhile, when we get tired of waiting God’s spirit is right alongside of us helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter; he prays in us and for us. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, and knows our pregnant condition. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something for good. But I watched her do this exact process. You’re waiting, it’s a test. She could have not been enlarged necessarily, spiritually, she could have just… I don’t know what’s going to happen. But that’s not how mothers think, mothers are anxious, they’re joyful, they’re expecting this promise from God. I love that he uses that. We are to be enlarged by joy as we expect the promises of God as we wait. I love that They don’t call it expecting for nothing. You know what’s coming at some point I think, so let’s do that, let’s expect.
Number four – remember I’m in good company when I wait on God. Many, many, many, many saints and children of God have been in the same positions that we often go through. Hebrews 11:2,”Through their faith the people in the days of old earned a good reputation.” Joseph, 14 years in prison for a crime he didn’t even commit. Moses, 40 years in the desert and didn’t even get to go into the Promised Land. Abraham, that’s the one that really speaks to me. “I’ll give you nations numerous as the stars,” or a son at over a hundred years old that he had to patiently wait for. Noah, imagine being Noah. “What are you doing Noah?” “I’m just building a boat.” “What’s a boat?” “Well, it’s going to rain.” “What’s rain?” None of this has happened before. Imagine what people would think, what faith; what faith. And people earn their good reputation through this faith. It says Abraham’s faith is what makes him righteous. Even God waited thousands of years before he sent Jesus, it was the right time. Hebrews 6:15 says, “And so after waiting patiently Abraham received what was promised.”
We’re in good company, millions and millions of saints have gone before us. Some of them, actually most of them, have not yet got to see what we are so privileged in having available to us. We have the blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God himself that came and bridged the gap and covered our sins. They did not have that and they waited patiently for God, and it was called to them as righteous because of their faith, being able to wait patiently. So remember you’re in good company while you’re waiting.
Number five – remember God always keeps his promises. Unlike others, maybe spouses, bosses, family members, we’ve all been let down. But you can count on God; God always comes through. So knowing some of this, what do we do if we trust and believe in the promises of God while we’re in the waiting room of life? And tell you what we shouldn’t do, we shouldn’t focus on our limits, our limited abilities. We shouldn’t focus on what we can’t do, we shouldn’t focus on what we can’t achieve, and we shouldn’t focus on what we don’t have. We should curb our focus and our perspective to what God has, what God can do, what God has done, and where he’s going to take us. I find if I focus on my limited ability as a man to see out of that hole that I dig becomes harder and harder. But if I trust in God’s promises and believe in what he says about me, what he thinks and plans for me to do, man, it lifts me right out of that hole. Anything is possible with Jesus Christ. And Habakkuk 2:3, which kind of segues into some freebies, “Put in writing because it is not yet time for it to come true. But a time is coming quickly and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in the coming, but wait for it. It will certainly take place and it will not be delayed.”
There’s over 7,000 promises in the word of God. While you’re waiting read them, meditate on them, remember them. It’s a great time when you’re waiting to invest in his promises, to memorize scripture. My wife hangs scripture on her mirror in her car, I don’t know how safe that is I think, but at the same time it’s there, it’s a place where she’s in and she reads. Put it on your mirror, put it in your wallet, put it wherever, but memorize scripture, it’s a great time to do that. to do that. So this leads into now four things of what we do, not what we need to remember, but what we do when we’re in the waiting room of life or waiting on God. And like I just said, – number one is this is an acronym it’s quite cute, W-A-I-T. Number one, the W is write down the lessons you learn. Waiting is a good season to break down and analyze “What is God showing me here?” To invest in his promises to read. What is God trying to show me? What is he trying to teach me? Remembering all the while that he’s interested in molding in you a character that resembles Jesus Christ, that changes your aroma. What happens if you don’t write stuff down? You forget it. My wife always sends me to the grocery store, I forget to write down her list and I always forget something, actually probably closer to 50% I forget.
When we forget them this is he danger. God is purposeful, he’s always intentional. He works in our life for a specific reason, and he will not stop until he has fulfilled that reason. It says in his word that he will not quit until his work is complete. So if you forget and don’t write down – writing down is just the principle, some people are really smart, they can remember everything; I can’t. But the key is not in necessarily writing it down, although it’ll help, but it’s not forgetting, because if you don’t forget what happens? You go around the mountain again. God will take you through these experiences again and again until you learn. And that is painful for most people, for me anyways. It’s not fun, it’s unnecessary pain if we would just heed his advice. Like Moses some of us right now are in that wilderness wandering around in the dry times. But don’t be discouraged, the dry times, the dry seasons waiting in the wilderness if you were, in the desert, is extremely purposeful. There is a purpose for you being there – learn, grow, write it down. The way to the promised land is always through the wilderness. Numbers 33:2 says, “After the Lords direction, Moses kept a written record of their progress. These are the stages of their march identified by the different places where they had stopped along the way.”
Write down and keep a record of what God shows you and reveals to you while you’re in this desert or wilderness. And I’m not talking about a diary, I’m not talking about “Jesse showed up with a mocha frappuccino for me at 10:30,” whatever, nobody cares about a diary. You would not buy me that by the way. But journaling is different than a diary. Journaling is things that you learn, that you write down. It’s a documented event of something that’s happened and that you’ve learned from that you want to remember. A diary is just emotions and things… anyways, you get my point. The difference is you don’t write down what you do; you write down what you learn. In Deuteronomy 11:2, The Good News Bible, I haven’t read this one in a while, but it just really says, “Remember today what you have learned about the Lord through your experiences with him. It was you, not your children, who had these experiences. You saw the Lord’s greatness, his power and his might.” If you don’t remember what God has done through your experiences with him, there’s more pain to follow because he’ll take you there again until you get it. A good prayer through this that I find is in Psalms 119:33, “Teach me Lord the way of your decrees that I might follow to the end.” It just keeps your focus on remembering that everything God does in and through us is extremely intentional and purposeful, even in the times we don’t like.
The A in wait, number two, act as though you already have it. So write down and act as though you already have it. We break that down, isn’t this really what faith is? Often we don’t have this expectancy in the promises of God, and our faith is not what people see when we go through these times, when we’re waiting on God. What people typically see is all the excuses and lies and humanness. We typically just waste time instead of be intentional. We wonder, “Why Lord, why?” Or we worry, “How Lord, how?” Are we whine, “When Lord, when? I want it now.” And we complain instead of acting in faith. Those three things will kill your faith. Trust God, believe in his promises. Mark 11:24, “Therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer and believe that you have received it, it will be yours.” In season the change is in the tense – believe that you have received it, you have it. It’s not something coming, it’s not something that happened prior. If you believe it, you have it. So act as though we have it.
Back to the pregnant woman, she believes it’s coming. I don’t know why I chose this as my example, but it maybe fits, it proves my point. She is carrying a promise inside her and she is expecting that promise to come true even though she can’t see it, even though she doesn’t know what it’s going to be, the nursery is getting painted, the clothing, the gift certificates are getting purchased, there’s an expectancy that’s coming. Maybe you’re waiting for a job, the season that we’re in, the economic climate that we’re finding ourselves in maybe a job is important, it’s what you’ve been praying for, it’s what you’ve been waiting on God for. Maybe instead of “Why Lord? How Lord? and When Lord?” maybe it’s set your alarm, expect, get up earlier, act as if you have a job. Go through the motions, make yourself intentional, print out resumes, get out earlier in the morning. These are things that I think are practical, but at the same time we often don’t do that because we get trapped in the wilderness. We have to remember, and this is maybe a free note, that waiting doesn’t have to be passivity, we don’t have to be useless while we wait. We need to get prepared, we need to take the time while we wait to prepare our hearts and to prepare our attitudes to glorify God when it comes. Romans 4:17, “That is what the scriptures mean when God told them ‘I have made you the father of many nations.’ This happened because Abraham believed in God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.” Abraham, his name changed happened well before he was blessed with the heir and the line and the many nations that came from it. He was prepared, but the blessing followed. We have to understand that if we are prepared and we wait, and we act as though this is true, the results will come in his time he promises. So let’s get prepared and act as though these promises are filled.
The I, or the third way or things to do to wait on God is imitate the habits that grow strong faith. Surround yourself with people of strong faith. Take the time to develop personal maturity, focus on being the child that’s knows the difference between no and not yet. You don’t grow in faith by not hearing the testimony of those in faith. You grow in your faith by hearing the word of God through the people of God and through the word of God of course. But surround yourself by people that are faithful. Hear the testimonies of their faith and the miracles that God has done in their lives, they will strengthen your faith, I promise. And then imitate them. Paul says that word numerous times throughout the scripture, “Imitate me, imitate Jesus.” Hebrews 6:12, “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Philippians 4:9, Paul, “Keep on putting into practice all you have learned from me and have heard from me and saw me doing.” Just because we’re waiting does not mean that it needs to be inactive, we don’t need to be inactive, we don’t need to be idle, it’s not laziness, although I enjoy being lazy sometimes. But it’s not passivity, it’s not apathy; it’s an opportunity for us to develop great habits, it’s an opportunity for us to develop life skills that will honor God and keep our hearts and our minds in the right place.
So before we move on to the last part of the acronym, I got five faith building habits that I’d like to throw right in the middle of this that you can find supported scripturally. You can read it through all the scripture, but this will help us in growing and developing the skills that we need to do while we’re waiting on God. Number one is keep on praying. The power of prayer. Matthew 7:7 says, “Keep on asking and you will be given what you ask for, keep on looking and you will find, keep on knocking and the door will be opened.” But keep on praying. The prayers of a righteous man avails much. Keep your heart on God and trusting in him through prayer. If our hearts and our desire is on him we can confidently walk through any desert.
Number two, keep on serving. It’s not always about us, and you’ll find very quickly that as soon as you take your eyes off of you and put your eyes onto something other than your stuff, you will find value that you didn’t know was there. Keep on serving. Romans 12:11, “Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.” Serve his people, serve his church, serve his children. I think this is where you get the term waiter and waitress from, because waiting means to serve as well, to wait on someone. I will say this, if some of you are not serving please do. And some of you that are serving right now and find yourself in a wilderness of its own because it’s becoming mundane or it’s not the same or it’s just obstacle after obstacle when you’re serving, don’t wait for your ministry to become great, just make it great. Don’t focus on the uncontrollables, put that in the hands of God, and just be a good and faithful servant and your ministry will grow.
Number three, keep on going to church or attending life groups. Often when we face obstacles in life we pull back, we retract. When we’re facing struggles and hurdles we box ourselves in. We are communal-created, God wants us to be with others. This is his body, if you choose to stay home we’re all missing a piece. And everything is intentional and purposeful and designed in the body of God to glorify him. Our life groups are important, we grow in relationships to each other. We stand in the gap for each other, we pray for each other, we grow together. Hebrews 10:25, “Not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but meet together and encourage one another.” We are created to be together, we are created to look outside of ourselves and lift each other up as brothers and sisters of Christ. If you find yourself pulling back and are stuck in your box, make a phone call, join a life group, continue to come to church.
Pastor Nick would love this one, number four, keep on sowing. Ecclesiastes 11:6, “Do your planting in the morning and in the evening too. You never know whether it will grow well or whether one planting will do better than another.” Good seeds are good seeds, you never know what’s going to happen, we leave that up to God; but keep sowing, don’t stop sowing. Don’t get caught in the why, the how, the what, just faithfully trust God and keep on sowing good, keep on sowing love, keep on sowing patience, kindness, gentleness, the fruit of the spirit will grow. And it’s not up to you to alleviate your burden of that; it’s up to God, and he’s got it, believe me, he’s got it. I love that verse though because it says you’ll never know which one will grow; I love that. And I’ve seen that in my life where one simple act of kindness three years down the road has turned into a heart that’s on fire for God, it’s just amazing.
Number five – keep on believing. 2 Timothy 3:14, “But as for you, continue in the truths that you were taught and firmly believe.” We need to believe. Believing is the beginning of faith. My heart’s cry is that we believe today, that we believe in who and what Jesus Christ is and what he’s done for each and every one of us. The confidence and the trust and the life that he has set for us moving forward is radically different when we allow him to pour his spirit into our lives, change us, renew our minds and transform our hearts. We need to believe, we need to have faith in him, not faith in what he can do for us, faith in him and what he’s already done for us.
So back to the acronym, number four or the T in wait – Trust God instead of panicking. After learning and reading what we’ve learned today there’s two things that we can count and trust on God for – number one, God’s never in a hurry; number two – God is never late. His timing is always perfect. If it seems like he’s late, remember he’s preparing you for the blessing, he’s preparing you for the miracle. One of the amazing stories in Scripture is when Jesus healed Lazarus, brought him back to life. He could have run there, it took him three days, like “Come, he’s sick, come.” Patience. He had a plan, he knew what he was doing. Jesus walked up to the tomb, rolled away the stone, he said, “Lazarus, come forth.” I’m glad he said Lazarus by name, if he would have just said “come forth,” everybody that was dead at the time would have just rose up. But he called him by name, come forth, and Lazarus woke up out of his sleep, started walking out. And it’s interesting to me as Jesus was walking to the tomb, the people around him overheard him praying to the Father. And Jesus says, “I thank you that you’ve already heard me, Father I thank you that you’ve already heard me.” He knew, God knows you too. He knows what you’re going through, he knows the anticipations and the anxiety in your hearts, he knows the hopes and the desires that you have. But you can trust him, and he doesn’t need to be in a hurry. Remember that it’s a time to prepare and work on the things that are going on inside so you can be ready when he wants to raise you back to life. That makes me so glad, it makes me just relaxed; the burden is gone.
Psalms 56:3, “But when I’m afraid I will put my trust in you.” Some of us here today are waiting for the fear of the unknown to go away, and it won’t. We as people of faith need to move against fear. Perfect love casts out fear, you don’t, perfect love does. We need to rise up against it through love, through what Christ has given us. Change the perspective. Some of you are waiting for God; God is waiting for you. When you’re in a waiting season God is waiting for you to move, he’s waiting for you to step out, he’s waiting for you to rise up in faith and his promises against your fears; he’s waiting for you. So change your thought process and use it as an opportunity to prepare your hearts. I heard this a long time ago and I find it very fitting – God can’t direct a parked car. I think I heard it after Carrie Underwood did the Jesus Take the Wheel thing, but it’s so true. God will take over, but we’re not giving him control, we’re not allowing for him to move in our lives because we’re not moving in him. So while we’re waiting don’t give up, do not give up. Do not put your life on hold in this season of the wilderness or the desert or waiting on God. And remember that he’s waiting on you, step out, be bold, have daring faith. In closing, Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Let’s pray. Dear lord I thank you so much that you care for your people, that you care more about our hearts than you do about the temporal things we desire. I thank you Lord that you have made a way for us to trust you. You’ve given us your word, you’ve given us promises, you’ve given us your amazing grace and mercies new every day. Just fill our hearts Lord with the reality that our faith needs to be active even while we wait. I thank you Lord that you mold our hearts and you stir up in us the things that allow us to grow even in the times that we feel dry and in the wilderness Lord. But I thank you that if we put our hope and trust in you, that when we come out the other side we are a pleasure to you, we are stronger than when we went in, our faith is increased, our hope in you is confirmed even more. So Father God we just give all of the things that we have burdening us right now to you. We do not want to be people that do not learn while we wait. We want to honor you in all we do. So Father God I pray for those who are struggling right now Lord, I pray that you nudge them to step out in boldness for you Lord, to trust in you and to move closer to you and to your people and to your word. And for those that don’t know you Lord I pray that they could come to know you Lord, that their hearts be open to a personal savior that has given everything so that we can have everything. And all it takes is to just believe and have faith in Jesus Christ. Father God I thank you for who you are, I thank you for what you’ve done. I pray a special blessing on your people today, in Jesus name I pray, amen.