The Impatience of Man
September 25, 2005
INTRODUCTION: What a wonderful promise to the child of God--to know that as we wait on the Lord, He has promised to renew our strength...and oh, how we need His strength. A similar promise is found in Psalm 27:14, Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Thank God for His Word! If we didn't have the Bible, what would we do? This blessed Book is what keeps us going--it gives us direction, it gives us hope and comfort; it helps us to know that we are not alone in our struggles.
How many times in life have we felt like just giving up? We work hard, there seems to be no reward. We give it our best effort and no one seems to appreciate it. We set certain goals, only to fall short every time. Have you been there? Do you know what I'm talking about this morning? Sometimes we just feel like giving up. But the Lord is saying, "Wait a minute--don't give up; hang in there--keep going, do your best, stand tall and keep the faith, I've got a plan."
The Psalmist wrote, Our soul waiteth for the Lord: He is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20
This morning I would like to have you consider two things:
I. The Patience of God
II. The Impatience of Man
I. THE PATIENCE OF GOD
In Isaiah 30:18, we read, "And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him."
You will notice in the last part of that verse that it says, "The Lord is a God of judgment." In this particular verse it is not talking about God passing judgment, rather it means judgment in the sense of discernment--knowing. It means that he has the ability to know everything; He always judges rightly.
We ought to be glad that God doesn't make everything happen just when we want it to happen or ...
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