Waiting on God
Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend we started a new series all about everyone’s favorite thing in life…
Waiting. Well, maybe waiting isn’t our favorite, but it is inevitable. Chances are, you’re probably waiting on God for something right now.
In the sermon, Scott walked us through the story of Abraham and his wife Sarah (or Abram and Sarai). Abraham is given a promise by God that he will be the father of a great nation. The only problem? Abraham is 75 and his wife is 65. The chances of having children at that age are understandably very low. But Abraham waits and waits, but God hasn’t given him a son yet. So Abraham decides that he should “help God along” by adopting – only God rejects this idea. God reassures Abraham that he would father a child.
But Abraham and Sarah had doubts, so Sarah told Abraham to sleep with her servant Hagar to fulfill God’s promise. That isn’t in God’s plan either and creates a lot of trouble, but that’s a story for another time. Finally God appears to Abraham 25 years after His initial promise, telling Abraham that both he and Sarah would be the parents of a child. God makes good on his promise, and miraculously Sarah conceives in her old age.
Abraham and Sarah aren’t really ideal examples when it comes to waiting, but God still came through for them. This is encouraging because it helps us understand that God is gracious. Even when we get impatient and try to shoehorn our way into God’s plan, He can still work everything out. Or maybe you’ve been waiting for a long time for God to come through for you, wondering if he even will… Abraham and Sarah went through that too! Because the truth of it is, following Jesus is a lifetime of learning how to wait.
Verses from the message:
Psalm 27:14; Psalm 13:1; Genesis 12:1-5, 7; Genesis 15:1-4; Genesis 17:17; Genesis 18:12, 14; Genesis 21:1-3; Romans 8:22-25
Big Idea: God’s delay doesn’t mean God’s denial.
Here for You – Matt Redman
Only King Forever – Elevation Worship
Thank God – EastLake Music