by Daniel Rodgers

Why Do I Always Have to Wait?
Dan Rodgers
Isaiah 30:18-21

INTRODUCTION: Let's give a little background to our story. King Sennnacherib, of Assyria, was planning to attack Israel. Instead of turning to God for help, King Hezekiah, who was King of Israel at the time, sought help from Pharaoh of Egypt. This did not set well with the Lord. Look at (30:1, 2), "Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: [2] That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!" By the way, when we have a need, we ought to turn to God, not the psychotherapist.

In spite of Israel's mistakes, and because of God's love for Israel, He would spare her as a nation. She would suffer because of her mistakes, but ultimately, she would survive as a people and as a nation.

The prophet Isaiah looks into time future--to a day when God will bring a remnant of Israel to dwell in peace during the millennial Kingdom: Isa 35:10, "And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."

Here's the point: God had a plan! He had a plan for Israel and He has a plan for you and me. What's important for us to know is that there is a certain timing to what He does--and I might add; His timing is usually not our timing. Isa 55:8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."

We ought to be thankful this morning for God's timing. Though we may not always understand it, we should be glad that the Lord makes us wait in order to accomplish His perf ...

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