The Reason for the Wait


"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint" (Is. 40:31).

MOSES:
  1. God uses the wait to STRENGTHEN our hearts.
    "When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, even though that was shorter. For God said, 'If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt'" (Ex. 13:17).

    "I will drive them out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land" (Ex. 23:30).

    During the Wait, tendencies surface:
    • GRUMBLE
    • LOSE FOCUS
    • QUIT
    • SETTLE FOR LESS


    The wait has its OWN assignment

    NAAMAN:
  2. God uses the wait to REFINE our hearts.
    "Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, 'Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean'" (2 Kin. 5:10).

    "So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan ... and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean" (2 Kin. 5:14).

    PETER:
  3. God uses the INGREDIENTS of the wait to produce a miracle.
    "And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. ... When Peter came to himself, he said, 'Now I know for sure that the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me'" (Acts 12:9-11).