Reports on what God is doing through Bible believing evangelical Christians in Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, India and Ecuador. Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7).
SELAH! Pause - reflect- just think of that!
Waiting on the Lord
God works for those who love Him and wait upon Him. When we make ourselves available to Him, we are marveled by the things He does in and through us.
The apostle Paul saw that great truth put into practice in His life and ministry. "But just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
The apostle is quoting Isaiah 64:4. God is at work all about us. What do you see Him doing today in your community, the school you attend, your family, and in your life?
When God is at work, it is so magnificent that you can see it only as the Holy Spirit makes it known. It is so obvious that only God can do it. God’s works are so wonderful that they can be understood only by the interpretation of the Holy Spirit.
God prepares marvelous things for those who are occupied with Him. He does this for those who wait on Him because they love Him. How tragic when we try to do His work without Him. “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Are you patiently waiting for Him to invite you to come and join Him in what He is doing? Until then He is busy working within us preparing us for that work. Are you adjusting your attitudes, thinking, and behavior to the truth you know concerning Him and His relationship with you? When we wait upon the Lord, we are busy putting our life in order making sure we are in a right relationship with Him. In proportion as we love Him, we are waiting on Him. It means we will love Him as we have never loved Him before.
Waiting on God is not laziness or indifference. Waiting means I am ready to obey His command. Waiting on Him means I have so ordered the command center of my life that nothing will conflict with the will of God when He speaks or directs. Waiting means the Christian is alert, listening, dressed, and ready to obey His Master. We wait while God works. One of the areas where He works is deep within us. It takes time for Him to teach us patience in waiting. He has made us to become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).
He is busy at work. What is He doing? "For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:4-8).
God cannot and will not invite us to join Him in what He is doing until He has us ready. Terrible things happen when we run ahead of Him to do His work. Our works, without His working, falls to the ground prematurely and rots!
God is busy preparing something for those who love Him and wait upon Him that eyes have never seen and ear has not heard, things that have never entered into the hearts or imaginations which only the Spirit of God can do.
Are you patiently waiting upon Him? When His call comes, we can only stand back and say, “I saw God do it!”
Are you willing to wait until He speaks? Are you making yourself available to Him? God works with, in, and through those who wait on Him. Are you available? That is all He asks of you and me right now.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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