Theme: Wait, Trust and Hope in the Lord (Isa 40:31): "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" (Isa 40:31, NKJV). "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength" (Isa 40:31, NLT). "...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength" (Isa 40:31, NIV).
An entire sermon could be preached on every single one of these quotes about WAITING ON THE LORD.
What is the purpose of waiting on God? "Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be." John Ortberg.
Why should we endure our problems? "What then are we to do about our problems? We must learn to live with them until such time as God delivers us from them…we must pray for grace to endure them without murmuring. Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting. They harm us only when we resist them or endure them unwillingly." A.W. Tozer.
What waiting on God is and is not? "Waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not abandonement of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; the ability to do nothing until the command is given." G. Campbell Morgan, British evangelist, preacher, scholar, 1863-1945.
What is the connection between prayer and waiting on God? "The goal of prayer is the ear of God, a goal that can only be reached by patient, continued and continuous waiting upon Him, pouring out our heart to him and permitting Him to speak to us. Only by so doing can we expect to know Him, and as we come to know Him better we shall spend more time in His presense as we find that presence a constand and ever-increasing delight." E.M. Bounds, American author, attorney, clergy who wrote 11 books, 9 of which focused on the subject of prayer. 1835-1913.
What is the use of waiting for so long? "Never was a faithful prayer lost. Some prayers have a longer voyage than others, but then they return with a richer lading (cargo) at last, so that the praying soul is a gainer by waiting for an answer." William Gurnall, English author and clergy, 1617-1679.
How is waiting beneficial? “If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people.” Charles Spurgeon.
What is the relationship between hoping, waiting and patience? "Those who do not hope cannot wait; but if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it." Charles Spurgeon.
What happens when we wait for God? "If any are inclined to despond, because they do not have such patience, let them be of good courage. It is in the course of our feeble and very imperfect waiting that God Himself, by His hidden power, strengthens us and works out in us the patience of the great saints, the patience of Christ Himself." Andrew Murray.
Why does God make us wait? "He may delay because it would not be safe to give us at once what we ask: we are not ready for it. To give ere we could truly receive, would be to destroy the very heart and hope of prayer, to cease to be our Father. The delay itself may work to bring us nearer to our help, to increase the desire, perfect the prayer, and ripen the receptive condition." George Macdonald.
"But how much self-reliance obtains in Christian service. More effort is exerted in planning and arranging than in waiting upon the Lord. Double is the time expended on preparing the division and conclusion of a sermon than on receiving the power from on high because there is so much trust in the flesh." Watchman Nee.
"My observation is that women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership." James Dobson.
- The reaction (27). What man does: He complains.
- The reality (28). Who God is: He is the Creator.
- The renewal (29-31). What God does: He enables, encourages, energizers and empowers man.
I. The Reaction (40:27)
- God doesn't see.
- God doesn't know.
- God doesn't care.
II. The Reality (28)
- Rhetorical question: Shouldn't this be so darn obvious (Isa 40:28a)?
- God is everlasting (Isa 40:28b). He knows everything. He knows the end at the beginning. He is omniscient and omnipresent.
- God is the Creator (Isa 40:28c). He is all powerful and in complete control. He is omnipotent.
- God NEVER gets tired (Isa 40:28d).
III. The Renewal (29-31)
- He strengthens the weary and empowers the weak (Isa 40:29).
- Even well trained, well disciplined and strong impressi ve young studs tire, stumble and fall (Isa 40:30).
- Renewal comes from hoping, trusting and WAITING on God (Isa 40:31).