Waiting on God - What is Waiting?

God's plan is always the best one — but are we willing to wait? Join us for our series "In the Waiting" as we explore a fresh perspective on waiting with hope and faith.

Randy Bezet

In The Waiting

January 7, 2024

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Waiting on God - What is Waiting?

January 7, 2024

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Proverbs 3:6 (LB): In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

Isaiah 40:31 (ESV): They who wait for 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.

What is waiting?

W—Walking intentionally with God

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV84): A cord of three strands is not [easily] broken.

A—Actively pursuing God

A). Keep your focus on God

Matthew 6:33 (ESV): “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

B). Daily dose of God's Word

Psalm 119:109–111 (NLT): My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions. 110 The wicked have set their traps for me, but I will not turn from your commandments. 111 Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight.

C). Daily Prayer

Philippians 4:6–7 (NIV): Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

D). Worship regularly

Hebrews 10:23–25 (NLT): Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

E). Walk with the right people

Proverbs 13:20 (NLT): Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.

I—Intentional with what I have

Matthew 25:1–13 (NIV): “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9 “ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”

Proverbs 1:32 (ESV): … the complacency of fools destroys them;

T—Trusting God with my life

Psalm 42:11 (NIV): Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Isaiah 55:6, 8-9 (NIV): Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”