Small steps in faith

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Test of Waiting

My notes from this morning's service. Definitely an emotional one. It was great to see the masses of college students who are back. 1000+ singing "The Revelation Song" will give you goosebumps.

James 5:7-12

Waiting is hard.
Different kinds of waiting
Waiting in line for a product is different than:
a waiting for the rebellious child to come home
b results from a medical test
c Unemployed..waiting after sending out resumes

James talks about waiting during a hurting stage

John 16:33
Acts 14:22

It takes radical obedience to wait on the Lord

How you wait and how long you wait is dependent on what you are waiting for.

Trust that God is indeed working while you are waiting.

If you have a hard time waiting, it may be that:
you don't trust God as trustworthy
you are not sure God is good

When you're waiting and it's not resolving, it feels like God's not doing anything but God is always working
Lamentations 3:25-26
Jeremiah knew what it meant to suffer and to wait

Focus your affections on the ultimate longing of your soul..the coming of the Lord
Someday Jesus is coming back. We don't focus on this enough. God uses this waiting to test our ultimate it on things? is it on a job? is it on a relationship?

Be careful about turning against each other. Grumbling is inward. It doesn't come out.
It's under the surface like a cold war. Remember that you need your brothers/sisters in Christ.
Galatians 5:26
1 Peter 4:7-11
In the midst of hurting, give yourself away. Love other people.

Acknowledge that you're not alone. There are others who have been through the same thing..God in the flesh is an example.

Recall God's purpose..compassion and mercy. God permits what he hates in order to accomplish what he loves.

Psalm 78:38
Isaiah 55: 6-7

Protect your character so that people know your yes is yes and your no is no.

We saw a video of a young man named Zach Smith who was diagnosed with colon cancer stage 4.
His message... If God heals me he is God and He is good. If God chooses not to heal me, He is still God and He is still good.
God chose to heal him by taking him to heaven in May of this year.


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