Waiting

  After The Resurrection   Sunday, May 5, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree WAITING     Sometimes you just have to wait…

Let’s face it; we usually don’t want to wait.
 
In our modern times we rarely have to wait for so may of the things we want .
 
We have fast Internet, instant messages, news on demand, fast food, microwave food, food deliveries, next day shipping and even same day shipping.
 
We are pretty much conditioned NOT to wait.
 
But as far as God is concerned we will just have to wait.
 
So what do we do while we wait?
 
One thing is to praise Him and be thankful.
 
Another thing is to rehearse the promise, keep it fresh in our mind.
 
We keep the hope that we have in front of us; we don’t put aside the hope that we have.
 
Proverbs 13:12 Hope that is deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
 
Defer means to put off (an action or event) to a later time; postpone
 
If we defer or put off HOPE our heart will become sick.
 
Therefore we need to keep hope in front of us, we do that by rehearsing the promise of God.
 
After the resurrection Jesus told His disciples to wait for God’s promise to them. This promise would empower them to do what they were going to be called to do; they would be able to face the challenges ahead because of this promise. But if they didn’t wait they would have never received the promise.
 
 
    Acts 1:1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
 
1Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
 
Acts 1:4   And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to WAIT for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
 
Because they waited for the promise they were filled with the Holy Spirit in a powerful way and they were going to need that power in the days ahead.   Today, we need the same power to WAIT for the promises of God. It’s not fun to wait, in fact, it is very challenging to wait.   How many of us are waiting on something or probably something(s)
 
When what we are waiting for is the promise of God we can rest assured that it will come to pass.   Like the song says “He’s never early, He’s never late, it takes courage it takes faith, trust Him and see He’s got all the power you need.   God have an appointed time for His promises for us.
 
Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
 
Habakkuk 2:3 But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
 
 

Sometimes we can feel weary or weak while we wait but here’s a promise from God concerning that.   Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.   Wait – 6960. קָוָה qavah, kaw-vaw´; a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect:—gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).   Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!