Waiting on God
April 20, 2003
1. One of the hardest things to do in life is wait on God. We, who are Christians, understand that God has a will for our lives. We also know that God answers prayer. But understanding that in principle and applying that in daily practice can sometimes be difficult.
ILLUS: A little boy wrote a letter to God:
Hi out there! I have only one request. I think there ought to be more rights for nine year-olds. I am sick of hearing my parents saying, "wait till you're ten."
George, age 9
2. Waiting is never easy, but waiting on God is always the right thing to do. Remember:
a. Moses waited 80 years before God used him to bring Israel out of Egypt.
b. Joseph waited years (including 3 years in prison) before the Lord placed him where He wanted him to be.
c. David, the shepherd boy, was anointed King of Israel when he was fifteen, but did not take the throne until he was in his thirties.
3. I want to give you 4 brief points this evening:
I. Waiting Is Never Easy
II. Waiting Is Usually Difficult
III. Waiting Is Sometimes Challenging
IV. Waiting Is Always Rewarded
I. WAITING IS NEVER EASY
1. The truth of the matter is that many Christians struggle with having to wait on God--waiting for Him to do things in His time. It's not an easy thing.
A. We want things in the present tense
QUOTE: I read this little quote the other day: "Dear God, please grant me patience. And I want it right now."
1. We often ask, "Why doesn't God help me, I've been praying a long time? He never seems to answer. My needs are immediate needs - I need help today.
2. Here's something important to remember: Whatever you find in life that comes easy, is usually not of significant value. We've all heard the saying, "Anything worth having, is worth waiting for." That's a true statement.
a. And let me add; "anything in life that's worth having is worth ...
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