Waiting on the Lord may be one of the most difficult aspects of the Christian life. When Jesus promised that he would return, he instructed his followers to wait. That is easier said than done. So what do we do in the meantime? What do we do while we wait? This sermon helps the hearer understand what to do while they wait on Jesus’ return.
- Waiting means that we give God the benefit of the doubt that he knows what he is doing
- Waiting is God’s way of seeing if we will trust him before we move forward
- Waiting on God reminds us that God is in control
- Waiting reminds me that I am not in charge
- Waiting reminds me that I am not God
- God’s timing is best
- God is working
Waiting is not just something we have to do while we get what we want. Waiting is the process of becoming what God wants us to be. What God does in us while we wait is as important as what it is we are waiting for. Waiting, biblical waiting is not a passive waiting around for something to happen that will allow us to escape our troubles. Waiting does not mean doing nothing. It is not a way to evade unpleasant reality.
Those who wait are those who work, because they know their work is not in vain. The farmer can wait all summer for his harvest because he has done his work of sowing the seed and watering the plants. Those who wait on God can go about their assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the meaning and conclusions to their lives and the harvest to their toil. Waiting is the confident, disciplined, expectant, active, and sometimes painful clinging to God. It knows that we will reap a reward.
When Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem, he was telling them that that this was a means of experiencing his peace, his prosperity, and his power. In waiting they would see God move.
The apostle Peter wrote, “that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years.”