"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, forI am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isa 41:10). "'For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,'  declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel" (Isa 41:13-14).

Theme: Fear paralyzes. God empowers.

Recap: What can we learn from last week's sermon, People Who Fly? (Isa 40:31) What does it mean to wait, trust and hope in the Lord? These are some thoughts and reflections regarding WAITING on the Lord:

  1. There is NO QUICK FIX, yet we never become stale, stagnent, staggering, sick or stuck.
  2. There is freedom and quiet confidence, whether we are flying, running or walking. "It's easy to fly with the eagles. It's easy to run with the champions. But to walk with the turkeys is hard!"
  3. There is security and stability.
  4. LET GOD BE GOD and not play God over our lives and the lives of others.

Isaiah 40:27-31

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.

“Who will you compare Me to, or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One. (Isaiah 40:25)

Some questions to ponder: Is your God weighty or light? How can you tell? How great is your God to you? How much sway/push does God have on your life? How great is God at West Loop Church? What is the direction of West Loop? Where are we going? What is your sense of the greatness of God?

Does God have weight in the church? The church has been called "the place where God is weightless" (opposite of glory). God has no impact in the lives of Christians. Why does our weighty (glorious) God sit so lightly on our church? The problem must be with preachers. They are not revealing God for who He is. They have changed the glory of God in sermons to tips, anecdotes, feel good emotions and how to quick fixes. Is God disappearing from the church? Einstein's view of Christian preaching is that God is so small compared to what he witnessed regarding the vast greatness of the universe. Do we see and sense that God is weighty? That God is more glorious than anything else? (Adapted and paraphrased from Ray Ortland's sermon.)