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For What Do We Wait?
What are YOU waiting for in your life? There are millions of people, so there are millions of answers: a new job, financial security, healing, a baby, the right person for marriage, a restored marriage? No matter our age or where we are in our lives, we all are waiting for something in the future. Our lives here on Earth are never stationary . . . we all are continually moving forward, and there is always something we can expect or desire in our lives.
There are many stories of waiting in the Bible. In some stories, the waiting seemed to last forever, while others only waited a few intense moments. The key to waiting is not the length of time but HOW we handle the waiting period. The Bible clearly teaches us that we should wait on the Lord. We really should look with confidence and expectation toward the future, trusting that God will fulfill our waiting in the best and right time.
Below are just a few stories of people waiting.
Abraham, or Abram, son of Terah. While living with his father in Haran, he received a message from the Lord calling him to separate himself from his old associations and go to a new country. He was promised divine favor, a great posterity, and the blessing of his obedience on all families of the earth. He obeyed the call and became the leader of all pilgrims who seek a city whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:8-10 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (KJV)
Genesis 11:31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. (KJV)
Genesis 12:1-4 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. (KJV)
Genesis 13:1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. (KJV)
Genesis 18:10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. (KJV)
Genesis 21:2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. (KJV)
Genesis 21:5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. (KJV) . . . SO . . . if Abraham was 75 when he departed out of Haran, he waited 25 years before God fulfilled His Promise to make him a great nation. A ‘L-O-N-G’ time to wait!
Sarah, or Sarai; wife of Abraham. She decided to help God with His plan. She was WRONG to do as she did! NO one should try to hurry God in His plans of anyone. Sarah had remained barren until she gave birth to Isaac at the age of 90. A ‘L-O-N-G’ time to wait!
Genesis 16:2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. (KJV)
Genesis 16:5-6 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee. 6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. (KJV)
Genesis 17:15-17 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. 16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.
17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? (KJV)
Genesis 18:12-15 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? 14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. 15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh. (KJV)
Hannah, wife of Elkanah; mother of Samuel. Her trials and prayer and Promise. She loved and believed the Lord. While the people cried for a king, Hannah cries for a child. Eli, the high priest, thinks Hannah is drunk as she prays before the tabernacle in Shiloh. When he discovers her true anxiety for a child, he blesses her. Samuel is born to Hannah and she brings him to Eli in fulfillment of her vow. She waited for her son, Samuel to be born, and when he was weaned, she fulfilled her promise to the Lord and took Samuel to Eli.
1 Samuel 1:10-11 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. (KJV)
1 Samuel 1:13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. (KJV)
1 Samuel 1:20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD. (KJV)
1 Samuel 1:24-28 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young. 25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli. 26 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD. 27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: 28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there. (KJV)
1 Samuel 2:1-10 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. 2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. 3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength. 5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble. 6 The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. 7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. 8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them. 9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. 10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed. (KJV)
1 Samuel 2:19 Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. (KJV)
I think the story of Hannah is a beautiful one indeed! She prayed for a son, and vowed that if God would grant her petition, she would give him unto the LORD all the days of his life. God granted her request, and she kept her vow to Him. Hannah waited for his arrival, raised him until he was weaned, and took him to Eli.
Zacharias, father of John the Baptist. This shows the power of God in Zacharias’ unbelief. Zacharias had to wait the entire 9 months while Elizabeth carried their son before God allowed him to speak again. I often wonder how Zacharias felt during this waiting period. Since he was a godly person, I am sure that he figured out WHY God brought on this waiting period.
Luke 1:5-13 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. 8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, 9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. (KJV)
Luke 1:18-22 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. 21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. (KJV)
Luke 1:57-64 Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. 58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. 59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. 60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. 61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. 62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. 63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. 64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. (KJV)
There are three things that can help as we wait on the Lord patiently and with faith, knowing and believing that He will help:
*****1. Trust Him . . . If we doubt that God is willing to hear and answer our prayer, we may feel bitter when we think God has heard our prayer but is silent. Scripture teaches us that God does not change (Mal.3:6; Heb.6:18; 13:8; Jam.1:17), which means He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and we can always rely on Him to provide the best possible path for our lives. God said that He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb.13:5). If for some reason He SEEMS silent, it is because He has another plan, different timing or a way to answer our prayer that has not been revealed to us yet. God’s time clock and our time clock is NOT the same (2 Pet.3:8). We must trust in His plan.
*****2. Resist temptation . . . We must resist the temptation to take matters into our own hands. Patience is a great asset. Having patience is vital in many circumstances and the Holy Spirit is here to fill us with this fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23), when we feel we cannot wait another minute on God. The safest place we can be is resting is in God’s Will. When we believe this and rest there, resisting temptation is easy.
*****3. Pray . . . How many times have you prayed to God for something and thought that He was not listening? God is NOT deaf! He hears us! But, during these times when we THINK He is deaf, we need to keep on praying . . . but we must pray the right way. God ALWAYS answers our prayers, but it may not be the way or the time we want or expect Him to. I believe that God answers prayer in THREE ways: yes, no or wait a while. When we do not immediately get the answer we want, we tend to repeat the same prayer over and over until we either lose our voice or simply give up. After we have given our requset to the Lord, we instead should turn our prayers into an attitude of expectancy and say, “Not my will, but Yours, Lord” and a “Thank you” knowing that the Lord always gives His TRUE children His best. If and when we thank the Lord in advance for answering our prayers, it is proof of our faith that demonstrates to God our confident expectation that His awesome power will provide for us.
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