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Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. James 5:7-20 KJV Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 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. Isaiah 40:28-31 KJV The Word of God has quite a bit to say about waiting. Waiting is referred to in two ways. 1. the action of remaining passive, inactive or stationary until an event, activity is done or someone or something arrives. 2. the sense of a servant attending to the needs of someone, or serving someone. The world's tendency towards a fast paced culture has eroded much if not all of our ability to wait. "I want it NOW!" is the constant cry of the masses, and sadly, it finds a resonating chord in the lives of many of God's saints. Many a child of God has allowed their heritage in the Lord to dissipate because of their anxiety. We see someone else hustling and bustling and building up their earthly possessions and become edgy, feeling that we also need to do the same. We become caught up with the effort to keep up with, or surpass the Joneses, without realizing that it's an inner envy rather than God that is driving us. We become aggressively diligent in our efforts to rise up the social ladder. We try to align ourselves with those we believe are the right people for material success. The tragic result is that we become slothful in the work of the Lord, disloyal to his Name and spiritual paupers even though the world may hail us as a success story! In Luke 12 Jesus illustrated this tragedy with the parable we refer to as the rich fool, ending it with these
I shall not be moved. nor such as turn aside to lies. with doglike devotion. on thee do I wait all the day. And he hath put a new song in my mouth. Spiritual growth is not an overnight happening. and he inclined unto me. is in God. His eyes are fixed on his Lord. with far reaching consequences that remain to this day! Moses in patriotic zeal rushed out to be the deliverer of Israel. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit. It is a constant diligent process. Abraham in a hurry to achieve what God had promised made a fleshly mess of it. It takes patience and perseverance to wait! The mushroom springs up overnight and just as quickly passes away. His establishment is from the LORD. He did not wait on Yahweh for His plan and strategy.words: So is he that layeth up treasure for himself. Fleshly impatience can precipitate unexpected backlash. Selah. He keeps his eyes expectantly on the Lord! The world may be critically condemning him but he patiently waits. and fear. waiting is difficult. and is not rich toward God. Psalms 37:7 KJV I waited patiently for the LORD. and set my feet upon a rock. Psalms 40:1-4 KJV David described his waiting on the Lord as a man who is sinking into a horrible miry pit of clay. and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way. Psalms 25:5 KJV David said to wait patiently Rest in the LORD. out of the miry clay. to Jesus. for my expectation is from him. and his righteousness. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength. Trust in him at all times. even praise unto our God: many shall see it. However he is not giving up on his waiting. It takes years for the oak to grow but its growth is strong and lasting. and established my goings. The result? Moses had to hide and wait until he became passive. ye people. and shall trust in the LORD. pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. He destroyed his heritage as a result! . and respecteth not the proud. even as he's going down. Luke 12:21 KJV It is essential to wait for the Lord. Saul could not wait for Samuel and presumed to act on his own initiative in offering . and my refuge. who rescues Him and sets him on solid rock. Sometimes if not most times. Matthew 6:33 KJV 1. and heard my cry. and all these things shall be added unto you. Waiting requires patience and learning to wait develops patience David said he waited all day Lead me in thy truth. his eyes is fixed on the Master. and it's our duty to wait upon the Lord are reminded by His Word of our priority: But seek ye first the kingdom of God. and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation. David said to wait ONLY on the Lord! My soul. wait thou only upon God. who yet remained in the same place for a couple more days before responding. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust. because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. It matters not that he is in desperate straits. Psalms 62:5-8 KJV We should not allow ourselves to be side tracked from is purpose however legitimate it may seem. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence. when they sent a message concerning Lazarus. Ask Mary and Martha.
And that servant. little flock. whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. and will come forth and serve them. Isaiah 49:23 KJV 4. . And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord. Blessed are those servants. and in his word do I hope. and at an hour when he is not aware. a treasure in the heavens that faileth not. and make them to sit down to meat. Luke 12:32-40 KJV And the Lord said.2. whom his lord shall make ruler over his household. And if he shall come in the second watch. that when he cometh and knocketh. that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off. My lord delayeth his coming. Of a truth I say unto you. Psalms 37:34 KJV 5. my soul doth wait. It's a good thing to wait on the Lord and the Lord is good to those who wait for Him! The LORD is my portion. and your lights burning. We should wait with longing and expectation as for the sun to rise up on a brand new day! I wait for the LORD. Psalms 130:5-6 KJV When we are in the nighttime of our lives. and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Let your loins be girded about. Those who wait for the Lord will not be ashamed! And kings shall be thy nursing fathers. they may open unto him immediately. he would have watched. Those who wait for the Lord will inherit the earth! For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. and not have suffered his house to be broken through. provide yourselves bags which wax not old. lest we miss the timing of the Master! Fear not. blessed are those servants. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Who then is that faithful and wise steward. to the soul that seeketh him. For where your treasure is. and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens. we long for the advent of some light to dispel the darkness. and keep his way. In similar manner our soul should wait on the Lord for with Him comes Light! 3. which knew his lord's will. neither moth corrupteth. there will your heart be also. saith my soul. they shall inherit the earth. for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. and will cut him in sunder. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say. But and if that servant say in his heart. and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth. Psalms 37:9 KJV Wait on the LORD. We should learn to wait with diligent watchfulness. And this know. or come in the third watch. The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him. and find them so. therefore will I hope in him. that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come. and to be drunken. and give alms. that he shall gird himself. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him. where no thief approacheth. and prepared not himself. and to eat and drink. and lick up the dust of thy feet. Lamentations 3:24-27 KJV 6. more than they that watch for the morning. Sell that ye have. when he will return from the wedding. thou shalt see it. to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant.
we are creating crisis in our lives.neither did according to his will. And the LORD answered me. Isaiah 40:28-31 KJV . and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes. saith he. being assembled together with them. O thou that dwellest in the heavens. and do not spend time in His presence. Habakkuk 2:1-3 KJV And. and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress. Write the vision. For unto whomsoever much is given. shall be beaten with few stripes. and have eyes constantly on the Master. Why is it that when we become overloaded or burdened. Prayer is for our benefit not God's! Failure to spend time in prayer and waiting on Him is failure to tap into the most awesome source of power beyond even our wildest imagination. but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. and make it plain upon tables." I hasten to add also. of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much. and will watch to see what he will say unto me. commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem. or we are waiting in our service to Him! Many find themselves actively involved in ministry in the church. on the LORD. the Creator of the ends of the earth. so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God. in order to anticipate every gesture or glance in an effort to fulfill His wish and command. I say. For John truly baptized with water. If we spend time laboring. that STRENGTH REQUIRES PRAYER! "Remember 7 days without prayer makes one weak!" Anon Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard. and not faint. Acts 1:4-5 KJV 7. Behold. until that he have mercy upon us. Psalms 123:1-2 KJV A good and faithful servant will be diligent. for prayer requires strength. Waiting on the Lord also carries the sense of a servant waiting on the master or mistress of the house. wait for it. Even the youths shall faint and be weary. neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. of him they will ask the more. ye have heard of me. they shall mount up with wings as eagles. and they shall walk. the first thing we drop as baggage. as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters. Psalms 27:14 KJV Remember! Waiting on the Lord is NEVER a vain thing. Hudson Taylor said "Do not work so hard for Christ that you have no strength to pray. but at the end it shall speak. they shall run. and the ministry? Why is it that when our life seems overwhelmed. and not be weary. That is a prescription for spiritual exhaustion and burn out. and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Luke 12:42-48 KJV I will stand upon my watch. which. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage. fainteth not. and said. and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength. For the vision is yet for an appointed time. but wait for the promise of the Father. the first thing that we let go is our involvement with God. He giveth power to the faint. sometimes with an overloaded agenda. it will not tarry. But he that knew not. and did commit things worthy of stripes. the LORD. and what I shall answer when I am reproved. that the everlasting God. and set me upon the tower. shall be beaten with many stripes. because it will surely come. that he may run that readeth it. is service to the Lord? Remember you cannot work in the ministry of the Spirit with the strength of the flesh and effort of the mind. and not lie: though it tarry. whether we are waiting for Him to act on our behalf.
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