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Sermon: How to wait upon the Lord?


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Sermon: How to wait upon the Lord? Isaiah 40:31

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Introduction

1. In order to understand this verse accurately, first we must see what’s the purpose of using an Eagle to explain the act of waiting upon the Lord?

2. Legend says that an Eagle at the age of 30-50, flies to a high place and there it endures a harsh trial of endurance and change. It can’t fly because its feathers are overgrown. Therefore it plucks all the feathers from its body. It plucks its talons from its feet because the talons have grown curled and useless. Its beak has grown too long and curled. It breaks its beak against a rock. Defenseless, it cries out and waits for the time of renewal.

3. Other Eagles hear its cry, and come to aid. They fly overhead, scaring off predators, and they bring food to their incapacitated friend.

4. Second, what does it mean to wait? In Hebrew (qavah – kav-waw’) the figurative meaning of the word is “to bind together like a cord.” It doesn’t mean to tie a cord around a bundle of sticks to keep them together. Instead, it’s the process of making a rope by twisting or weaving small strings together to form the rope. The more strands that are twisted or woven together in a rope, the greater is its strength. The literal meaning of the word is “hope”.

5. Like it happens to Eagle God makes us to go through harsh trials of endurance and change. This is necessary to shape our Christian character and faith. In such time we need to unite with the Lord like strands of a rope by waiting upon Him. This unity renews our strength. So let’s learn how to wait upon Him?

1. God should be your only source of hope

A. Jesus told the Paralytic, “Get up, pick up your mat and Go home” (Matthew 9:6)

B. This man had only 2 possessions. The clothes he wore and the mat!

C. In Jesus’ day paralytics were left to beg in the street. This was their only way of survival. The mat on which this man begged was his only hope.

D. He slept on it, rested on it and watched the world pass by.

E. He was ordered to put away the mat and to put his hope in Jesus.

F. Jehoshaphat’s prayer: (2 Chronicles 20:12) “Our eyes are set upon you.” God is our only hope: “My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare. (Psalms 25:15 – NIV).

G. Have you kept your hope in some one or something other than God?

2. Isolate yourself with God. Be still.

A. Be still and know that I am the Lord, (Psalms 46:10).

B. Elijah: Discouraged. Stressed out. Sent his servant away. Walked to a cave in holy mountain Sinai (by divine guidance).

C. Obviously God wanted to renew His weak servant’s strength, (1 Kings 19:1-9).

D. God stirred up the nature. Yet God wasn’t there in the windstorm, earthquake or fire. Only in the stillness, (1 Kings 19:10-13).

E. Elijah’s strength to serve God was renewed after his fresh encounter with God.

F. God’s renewing grace can be experienced only in isolation and stillness.

3. Submit to God’s sovereignty

A. Sovereign: Above or superior to all others/Supreme in power, rank or authority.

B. God works in His own time and way, (Isaiah 55:8-9).

C. God’s sovereignty is expressed in our life in the form of His will.

D. However God is not irresponsible. He always works all things towards a goal.

E. Do you know God is sovereign in your present situation? (Sickness, Financial issues etc.)

F. Do you know that God is working through your problem to work towards the Goal He has set for your life?

4. Conclusion

The very situation that you are facing right now could be a trial of endurance and change. God makes His children to walk through such times because it’s the only way prepare you to meet God’s plan for your life. To take away what is unnecessary, and shape up your character and attitudes.

But God never forsakes or leaves behind His children at these times of correction. He is with you because He wants to renew your strength at the end of the trial period. The 3 principals I provided in my message today show how to wait upon the Lord for divine renewal. Wait upon the Lord – and you will soar like an Eagle.

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16 Responses to “Sermon: How to wait upon the Lord?”

  1. Proscovia says:

    Thanks for the inspirational message, I can identify with it because when I am troubled in one way or another, I seek for God's strength and my relationship with him get's renewed.

  2. Abbey Fatade says:

    That is lovely. I want to read more from you. God will renew you everyday. Thank you very much.

  3. Kate says:

    I love the illustration of waiting on the lord being like weaving our hearts with his. That has really encouraged me and given me food for thought!

  4. Kiminyo says:

    Its so inspiring and identifies with daily lives of christians

  5. Fay says:

    It's so hard to do. I just want to give up now and do my own thing. You pray and pray and fast and believe and actually work in faith but at the end just get disapointed. I guess I really won't b an actor. It's like deep in my heart something tells me I'll b it but not through my power, but I dnt wanna wait. I'm a teenager who has other people who dnt even hav the passion as much as me getting into films. That hurts so much

    • Hannah says:

      Hey Fay, just noticed your comment there, after reading the same sermon notes – It is good that you are honest and real – God can work with someone who is honest. Know that He sees you and will reward you in His own (the best) way. You mentioned films – do you mean friends of you that just watch whatever and aren't seeking God as you are?

  6. Grace says:

    I've been waiting upon the Lord but I've fallen into sin many times during this waiting period. Again I get hurt by people and I come back to God and wait for hours in His presence. But I've never felt anything happen. I haven't felt God's presence yet. I just wanna know what's the real process of waiting?Please pray that I feel God's presence soon and that I would be able to break free from my bondage.

    • Karen says:

      Don't give up Grace. God IS there with you. He sees your situation, feels your hurt and knows the tears you have shed. Remember, just because He may be silent right now, does not mean He isn't working on your bondage. He may be preparing you for great things or to help others. God bless. I will pray for you now. Karen

  7. Eli Lin says:

    Thankyou for everything

  8. Jeff says:

    Fay, James 1 declares "Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptation, "KNOWING" this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience, but let patience have her perfect work that at the end, you may be entire wanting nothing". God is working something in you and he wants you to be joyful because while you are waiting there is a substance that cannot be shaken that God is placing in you. You say that many of your friends are getting jobs before you, but will they be able to sustain? Will they be able to endure? Do they have substance?

    This is what God is building in you! At the end of this wait, you will have the desires of your heart. Everyone Let God build in you what he desires to build in you. No one knows about waiting, and waiting, and waiting more than me. But God was processing me for the blessing!! Now that I got it, Im pruned, preped, and ready! While you are waiting, Praise him!! Know that he knows exactly what he is doing in you!! Thank him!! Glorify him!!

    One of the promises in Malachi 3 when Malachi speaks of the tithe is this Malachi 3:11 "Neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field saith the Lord". In other words keep doing whats right, and it may not come right now, but God will not let you end up with a premature blessing!! There's a set time for the blessing and God will not let you reap spoiled fruit!! Stay up everyone, keep on praising him. I have a testimony that is out of this world on waiting on the Lord and how he brought me out on top!! Yes Lord!! I encourage everyone who reads this comment to always empower yourself as you wait.

  9. solomon fei says:

    Oh wow! I can see now that God's time is the best

  10. Xolani Dee says:

    Amen, I'm a so overwhelmed child of God, and you don't know what you just did to me, not only did you strengthen me, you also uplifted my spirit. I'm currently in Prison and had been waiting for 4 years and 4 months now, without trial, even though, I still trust upon His promises. He said in Romans 8:28 "All things works for good of those who loves the Lord, and to those who are called to His purpose." He also promised me that, He will never leave nor forsake me, He is trustworthy and always a presented help in time of need. Glory, Glory to God almighty, Amen.

    • Joshua says:

      Xolani Dee, I just wanted to share some scriptures with you.

      'When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”…….. Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.' (Matthew 11:2-6, 11 NIV)

      So even if you find yourself in prison and start to question God just remember He knows right where you are. He will up lift you as He did to John the Baptist in the 11th verse.

      In Isaiah it says,

      'See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord , and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord .’ (Isaiah 54:16, 17 NIV)

      And in Isaiah 55:8-11 it says,

      ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord . “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.’

      I hope these words bring you some comfort and joy knowing that no matter who we are, we are still brothers and sisters and He is still our Father. I would love to talk with you more Xolani Dee

      Be Blessed

  11. Lalelani says:

    Thank you. I really wanted to hear this message. I Am waiting upon the Lord and have been believing Him for a good marriage. Pray for me because at times I become fearful when i look at my age tick away. I Am 36 now.

  12. Pastor Clay says:

    To those who wonder what it really means to wait upon the lord. First of all you have to know that the word ‘wait’ does not mean the Lord has left you and you are waiting in prayer for him to come back to you. The apostle Paul said in Hebrews 13:5 the Lord will never leave you or forsake you. What Isaiah 40.31 is saying is that if we become waiters or waitresses for god, in other words pray, read your bible, be faithful to church, just do what God says to do in faithfulness to him, then will times of refreshing will come. Then will you see the true blessings of God. Hebrews 11:16 ‘And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him..’ Waiting means exercising your faith in Christ.

  13. Omowunmi Segun Emman says:

    Lovely message, I know, waiting time is not the time to stop but the time to prepeare for the greater work ahead. Thanks.