THE POWER OF WAITING

Isaiah 40:31  They who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint

Wait (Hebrew - kaw-vaw’ – a primary root – to bind together)  By waiting the prophet meant – bound to the fulfillment of the promise by faith - characterized by confident expectation.  

Waiting puts us in the position to know that - it is impossible for God to be “LATE”. 


John 11:21 they said, “Lord if You had been here our brother would not have died.”

They did not realize that Jesus was the God of - the Past - the Present - and the Future.

I. God of the Past

     1) Shame and Regret

Isaiah 42:9  Behold the former things have come to pass

The past is over.

Katherine Mansfield wrote - “Regret is an appalling waste of energy - you can’t build on it - it’s only good for wallowing in.” 

2) Accept His Forgiveness

John 19:30  “It is finished.”

Philippians 3:13 to “Forget what lies behind.”

We Can’t Take Hold of Our Future Until We Give Our Past to Jesus 

3) Let Go of the Past

II. God of the Present

The Potential of the Present

Luke 1:37  With God nothing is impossible

Failure Never has to be Final

He can heal your yesterdays - just as easily as he can set right your todays - or prepare your tomorrows

2) The Perpetual Present

Matthew 28:18  All power has been given to Me in heaven and on earth

3) The Powerful Presence of God

Hebrews 13:5  He said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you 

Moment of Optimum Value

III. God of the Future

1) It’s About Worship

1 Thessalonians 5:18  In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you  

If we can learn to worship over the obstacle - God will make a way

2) It’s Going To Be All Right

Matthew 6:8  Father knows what you need before you ask him

3) It’s Already Promised

Place of Potential and Power 

Collected Emptiness and Hunger 

 Isaiah 40:31  They who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.