What does it mean to wait on the Lord? Waiting is not our idea of a good thing. Patience gets stretched thin, frustration mounts and faith takes a hit when up against the biblical concept of waiting on the Lord.
So what happens? Well, sometimes we rush ahead and figure that if God is not going to meet our deadline, we may as well make something happen on our terms. Most of the time when we make that choice, we choose an alternative to God’s plan and try to ad lib our way to our desired result…never a good idea! Occasionally, we cannot do anything at all and find ourselves exasperated by the paralysis and begin to doubt God’s goodness, or His intentions, or His ability–or in a number of ways allow our confidence and trust in Him get pushed aside because we hate being forced to wait.
Instant gratification in modern culture does not cultivate patience and knowing how to wait with a contented, peaceful spirit. When we are used to having what we want the instant we want it, hearing the Lord say, “Wait” does not seem to be an acceptable answer.
But He does say it…often! So for the next several Sundays, beginning November 13, at Providence I will be exploring the biblical teaching about waiting on the Lord–focusing on why we are reluctant to do so, what happens when we jump ahead of the Lord, what it is like to wait when times get tough and we want immediate relief, how long we might have to wait for Him to keep His promises and what to do in the meantime, and how we are to understand the regular instruction to wait to hear His voice, to wait on His Word and to wait for Him to make Himself known to us in a personal way.
So tune in to http://www.pray.org sermon resource page each of the next four Sundays and either listen, download the podcast or the teaching outline–all are free!
“I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His Word do I hope” (Psalm 130:5).