From JO’s sermon tonight:
in life, we’re always waiting for something, for a dream to come to pass, to meet the right person, for a problem to turn around; much of life is spent waiting; there’s a right way to wait and a wrong way to wait
Isaiah 40:31 (KJB)
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.
we hear that word “wait” and most of the time we think that means do nothing, be passive, but the Amplified version explains what the word “wait” really means
Isaiah 40:31 (AMP)
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
those who expect, hope, look for God’s goodness; waiting is not supposed to be passive, true waiting is actively expecting; I prayed, I believed, now I’m looking for God’s goodness, I’m expecting my health to improve, I’m expecting new doors to open, I’m expecting to have a blessed year.” that’s what it really means to wait.
Psalm 5:3 (NLT)
Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
when you’re waiting expectantly, you know this could be the day you get the break you need; this could be the day the problem turns around, there’s an anticipation in your spirit, you talk and act like it’s going to happen, you’re on the lookout; that expectancy is your faith being released.
Psalm 23:6 (ESV)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever
people were lying about David and falsely accusing him, but he said:
Psalm 27:13 (NLT)
Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
David not only prayed, he not only believed, he took it one step further, he went out looking for God’s favor. like David, you may be facing difficulties, in the natural it doesn’t look good, but when you’re waiting with expectancy you’re not moved by what you see, you’re moved by what you know.
Psalm 112:4 (NLT)
When darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in.
notice, God used the word “bursting”; He didn’t say it’s going to trickle in; God said, suddenly things will turn around. You may have been dealing with the situation for many years, but suddenly the right person will show up, etc; the right way to wait is not “Oh God, this is never gonna change,”; get up every morning and say “God, I’m expecting your light to come bursting in, a sudden breakthrough, a flood of your favor, healing, restoration, promotion”; you wait with expectancy like that, and you’ll see God show up and do amazing things. some of you have had tough times, maybe you had a bad break, now you’ve settled where you are, thinking you’ve reached your limits, this is as good as it’s ever going to get; you’ve gotta kick it into a new gear, get your expectations up.
Proverbs 13:21 (NLT)
Trouble chases sinners, while blessings reward the righteous.
you are the righteous; what should you be expecting? trouble, bad breaks, heartache? no, get in agreement with God, and start expecting His blessings to chase you down. start expecting God’s favor. when you go through a disappointment, instead of being discouraged, complaining, dig your heels in and say, “I’m not worried, discouraged, I know good breaks are chasing me down. that’s not just being positive, that’s doing what David did, waiting with expectancy, you’re saying, “God I know you’re still on the throne, you’re bigger than this difficulty, what you promised in my life will come to pass. people don’t have the joy they should because they’re not expecting anything good.
Proverbs 13:12 (NIV)
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life
if you’re not expecting to see God’s favor in a new way, you’re not expecting the problem to turn around, it will not only limit what God can do, but it’ll cause your heart to be sick, it’ll cause you to be discouraged. too many people today are not heathy emotionally because they’re not waiting with expectancy; get your fire back, God is still on the throne; it may not have happened on your timetable, but God’s a faithful God, He can still bring it to pass; do your part and start expecting the light to come bursting in; start expecting God’s blessings to chase you down; don’t let people talk you out of it. don’t believe the never lies, “you’ll never get well,” etc, let that go in one ear and out the other; our attitude should be, “I know my answer is already on the way – I could see it before I go to bed tonight. it may be impossible in the natural, but I know I serve a supernatural God.” when you wait with expectancy, the most powerful force in the universe goes to work.
James 5:7 (NLT)
Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen.
the farmer waits with a confidence; he knows his crops are going to come up. that’s the way we’re supposed to wait on what God promised us. like the farmer, you prayed, planted, you’ve watered your seed, you thanked God, now you’ve gotta come over into this confidence, a knowing that says not IF it happens but WHEN it happens. my God is Jehova Jireh, the Lord my provider, He is not affected by the economy, He controls is all. I don’t think so, I know so; as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. God said He would give me the desires of my heart. you’ve got to have this unshakeable confidence. just like you know the sun is going to come up in the morning, you know what God promised you is going to come to pass. it may happen today, it may happen next week, or next year, but like that farmer you know that you know your harvest is on its way.
Job was restored 9 months later with twice what he had before; God chose Job as an example of how to wait. God is saying, when you go through a loss, a disappointment, a bad break, don’t expect to come out the same, expect to come out better off than you were before; a relationship didn’t work out, etc, you could easily be negative and discouraged, settle where you are; God wants to take what was meant for your harm and use it to your advantage, to increase you; dare to believe you’re going to come out with twice what you had before. some of you are just hoping to halfway recover, you might be happy just to get back to where you were before, but that’s not the way our God works. God is going to make the enemy pay for bringing that trouble into your life. God is saying, get ready for double; you have not seen your best days. weeping may endure for a night, but joy is coming in the morning. God is going to give you beauty for those ashes; He’s going to make the rest of your life better than it would have been if that would have never happened. but you’ve gotta do your part, and start waiting with expectancy. if you’re sitting around discouraged, in self-pity, thinking you’ve seen your best days, it will limit what God can do. shake it off and start waiting like Job. “Father, I want to thank you that double is coming my way. this person may have walked out on a relationship and done me wrong, but Lord, I just thank you for bringing me somebody twice as fun, friendly, good-looking, well-off.” we serve a far-out God; He wants to do more than you can ask or think. He wants to bring you out like Job, with double.
when a farmer is waiting for his harvest, he doesn’t sit around passively and not do anything for months and months; while he’s waiting he gets things ready to go. he hasn’t seen one plant come up out of the ground, yet he’s making all kinds of preparations for the harvest that he knows is coming; he has such a confidence that he’s putting actions behind his faith; that’s what it means to wait like a farmer. you’re not just hoping, praying, you’re getting prepared, taking steps of faith.
when is the problem going to turn around? SOON. your answer should always be SOON, say it by faith. when you put actions behind your faith it gets God’s attention. can your faith be seen? are you doing anything to show God you’re not just hoping, praying; like the farmer you’re getting prepared? when your faith can be seen God goes to work. don’t make plans to go downhill, expect to get better. do something so your faith can be seen. the enemy wants you to plan for defeat, mediocrity; shake that off, make plans for victory. can your faith be seen? are you waiting like the farmer making preparations for your harvest? that’s what it means to wait with expectancy; when God can see your faith, He can do the impossible.
scripture tells us to have the faith of a little child (NB: as best as I can determine it actually doesn’t, although many people refer to this always unspecified scriptural concept). how many of us are waiting for God to part the sea like He did last time? God showed you favor, opened the door, and you walked through it; but this time God has a Jordan River in front of you, it’s not going to open up until your faith can be seen (as in the Old Testament when the waters only parted as the people waded in). what can you do to show God that you’re trusting Him? waiting with expectancy is saying by your actions “God I’m expecting your light to come bursting in.” when your faith can be seen, God goes to work. when you wait with expectancy, amazing things can happen. let your faith be seen. make preparations for the harvest that you know is coming. get up every morning, bring your request to God, and then go out looking for God’s goodness, looking for good breaks, expecting God’s favor.
when you face disappointments, don’t get discouraged, God promised the light is going to come bursting in; suddenly the answer will come, suddenly you’ll get the breaks you need. God has some suddenlies in your future, He’s not only going to bring you out, He’s going to bring you out like Job with double, better off than you were before. get your expectations up today. it may not have happened in the past, but God is still on the throne, it can happen in your future. if you’ll learn to wait with this expectancy, not get discouraged if it doesn’t happen on your timetable, you’ll see what you were expecting come to pass, God’s blessings will chase you down, the light’s going to come bursting in, you will overcome every obstacle, defeat every enemy, and become everything God’s created you to be.