Monday, March 18, 2013

Worship While I'm Waiting

Good Morning All-

Have you ever felt like you're doing everything you know to do but still the answer doesn't come?  Well, we've been having some great bible studies in church that deal with exactly that very thing.  Did you know that Abraham had to wait 29 years before God's promise to grant him a son from Sarah came to pass?  29 years!  Abraham was 70 years old when God promised him a son, and Sarah did not bear Isaac until he was 99!  The older this couple got, the more impossible it seemed that this promise would ever be fulfilled, right? I mean, a woman conceiving a child at that age?  Do you ever think he doubted?  He was human, wasn't he?  In our own lives, we hear a word from God and hold onto faith that our promise is on its way.  Sometimes our answer comes quickly, but sometimes we have to wait, and wait...and wait and our faith gets tested as well.  Does that mean God didn't hear our prayers because our answer is longer in coming?  No.  God has a perfect time for everything.  He is working behind the scenes to fulfill His promise.  Is faith based on what we see or in what we believe?  Sometimes we feel inadequate, and our faith stumbles, but we get up again.  Sometimes we try to "help" God along and conjure up a way to bring the answer to pass ourselves, but it's not what God had planned.  Many times, the situation can start to look even gets worse and looks even MORE impossible to our natural eyes.  But I tell you our God is a God of miracles.  He can do the impossible! The glory will go to God when your answer comes to pass, because it was impossible to man.  (Rom. 4:17-21)"(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.  Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father or many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.  And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform." 
So, what did he do while he waited?  He obeyed God, he gave honor and praise to God and he trusted in the Lord.  As was said by one minister recently, "You can fear, wonder how, if and when, or you can LIVE in the promise and have yourself a little dance and say 'I will NOT have a funeral over this.  Laugh and say God is going to have the last laugh over this. You can give up or your can encourage yourself and run to God's promise. When the appointed time comes, God will come looking for you.
Sometimes, we try to fix things ourselves, instead of waiting for God to do it his way.  We usually get into more trouble this way, don't we.   We try to "hurry things along", but we don't realize that God was already working behind the scenes-already working things out for you.   "Great joy will come when it is fulfilled, though it make 29 years" (or longer for some).  "Though it looks impossible, though the vision tarry-wait for it.  Though it may seem God has forgotten, His promise is still good-keep your faith, fight for your faith.  God will make a path through the waters for you if you look not to the right or to the left." 
So, I want to encourage you today to hold onto your faith-keep trusting in God.  What he said he'd do, he WILL bring it to pass.  Whatever you're believing God for today, whether it be for a loved one to be saved, for a financial need, for God to have you work for Him, whatever you're believing God for-don't give up.  Praise Him while you're waiting-Victory comes through praise, right?  Work for God while you're waiting..Faith takes action, right? So, be obedient to His word, serve Him with all your heart.  Hold onto your faith and keep moving forward.  Don't give up.  He WILL bring it to pass.

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