Sermon: "Wait on God"

“Wait on God”
Mark L. Lastimoso
January 14, 2012
  1. Good is good all the time.
  2. Today is the 8th day of our “40 Days of Prayers & Devotions to Revive Your Experience with Your God,” book 2 by Dennis Smith.
  3. I am personally blessed and benefitted by the readings. Also our small group and this church.
  4. Section 2 of our study is focusing on “People Who Wait on God.”
  5. I would like to single out the word “wait” and try to unpack this to have a bit of a visual of what we are approaching in this study.
  6. We all wait for someone or something. We wait in line for driver’s license. We wait in line to check out stuff in the grocery store. We wait for our doctor’s appointment, job application, results of examination.
  7. Thus, to wait is to look forward expectantly and eagerly for someone or something.
  8. Waiting takes time, tenacity and temperance. It requires us to sit, stand, think, act and do.
  9. But the good news is we are waiting for God. We are waiting for the “Blessed Hope.” The Scripture is teaching us to “deny ungodliness and worldly lust and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age. Looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and savior Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:12-13.
  10. To wait on God means “resting in entire dependence on Him for everything.” ( Dennis Smith, 40 days of Prayers and Devotions to Revive your Experience with God book 2, 29). 
  11. Adam and Eve waited for God. The creation, the animals and living things were waiting. Listen to the words of Psalm 104:27-28 (NKJV), “These [animals] all wait for You, That You may give them their food in due season. What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good.” 
  12. Philippians 4:19, “And my God shall supply [play-ra-o= future, active, indicative, 814 NT, to fill to the brim, complete] all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
  13. Wait on God by not worrying– God provides
  14. AIIAS 2003. I was in grad school trying to finish my MA in Rel. I was able to qualify for Chan Shun Scholarship for my tuition and fees. But I have to take care of my daily needs. I was staying in an apartment complex F-4 with 3 other roommates, a Chinese, a Burmese, an Indonesia. All singles. The day before my supply ran out for some reason. I was hungry. I opened the refrigerator and I saw food there and it was not mine. Exodus 20:15 came to mind and commandment number 8 reverberates. Don’t steal. So I decided to go early to the classroom but first dropped by the prayer garden. It was foggy. About 6:30am. The weather was cold and chilly. I took the pathway and for some reason my eyes were looking down. Perhaps there was not enough energy that day. As I walk slowly from a short distance I saw a purple paper lying on the pathway. I look closer it was a face of a famous person in the Philippines folded neatly. P100 about $2.50. I look around nobody was there. I stared for awhile. Nobody was there. It was me and the mist slightly covering me. Instinct told me that Someone up there dropped this money for me. I did the Tim Tebow gesture and thank God slowly picking up the money and looking up thank Him. My breakfast and lunch finally secured. Touchdown! Praise God. He provides in some supernatural way. I haven’t heard anybody looking for P100 that day.
  15. Worry comes from ( ‘weryen,’ ‘werwen,’ ‘wyrwyn,’ which literally means, “to strangle, bite, harass.” Worry is “to torment oneself and to suffer oneself from disturbing thoughts.” 
  16. Matthew 6:25-34 cf. Luke 12:22-31, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry [meri-na-o=present, active, imperative, 592 NT, to be anxious, to care] about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing.” 
  17. We worry on many things. We worry our hair, eyes, nose. We worry about our job, economy, our home. We worry about what people will think, say and do. 
  18. My Andrews Study Bible has an insightful comments on this verse on worrying, “Both here and in Luke12:13-34 the teaching on worry is tied into instructions and parables on rich people who have made wealth and material things their god, , and are worried and obsessed with getting more. Thus, in a primary sense this instruction on worry is meant for the well-off in the times of Jesus. It is not for those who don’t have, as much as for those who have and are not satisfied. 
  19. Those who travel around the world today may observe that poor Christians in the developing world are happy, joyous, and trust in Jesus much more than Christians who live in material comfort. Jesus‘ counsel on worry, however, can be applied to all situations by all persons. This passage teaches that worry is useless and pagan, demonstrating a lack of trust in God.”
  20. Trust His Heart lyrics
  21. All things work for our good
  22. Though sometimes we can’t
  23. See how they could
  24. Struggles that break our hearts in two
  25. Sometimes blind us to the truth
  26. Our Father knows what’s best for us
  27. His ways are not our own
  28. So when your pathway grows dim
  29. And you just can’t see him, 
  30. Remember He’s still on the throne
  31. Chorus:
  32. God is too wise to be mistaken
  33. God is too good to be unkind
  34. So when you don’t understand
  35. When don’t see his plan
  36. When you can’t trace his hand
  37. Trust His Heart
  38. He sees the master plan
  39. He holds the future in his hand, 
  40. Don’t live as those who have no hope, 
  41. While our hope is found in him.
  42. We see the present clearly
  43. But he sees the first and last
  44. And like a tapestry He’s weaving you and me, 
  45. To someday be just like him
  46. (Chorus)
  47. He alone is faithful and true
  48. He alone knows what is best for you
  49. (Chorus)
  50. When you can’t trace his hand
  51. When you don’t see his plan
  52. When you don’t understand
  53. Trust His Heart
  54. Wait on God by worshipping. God presides 
  55. Revelation 14:7 Centerfold of Revelation is worship. “Saying with a loud voice,   ‘Fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”
  56. Revelation 14:12, “Here is the patience of the saints here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”
  57. Wait on God by watching. God preserves
  58. Luke 21:36, “Watch therefore and pray always that you may be found worthy to escape all these [signs] things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
  59. Wait on God by working. God prospers.
  60. Martin Luther, “ If Christ comes tomorrow I will still plant an apple seed today.”
  61. John 9:4, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”
  62. Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might.”
  63. Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, “It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.”

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