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.