The Test of Delay
Psalm 27:14 (NIV)
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Lamentations 3:25 (NKJV)
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.
- As we wait we will be tempted to take shortcuts or try to _________ our circumstances.
The Story of Abraham and Sarah
Genesis 12:1-4, 15:1-6, 16:1-6, 21:1-5
- As we wait we will experience “ups and downs” but we should strive to remain ____________ on God and His goodness.
- He is our ultimate ________.
- He is our loving ______________.
- His timing is always ____________.
Habakkuk 1:1-4 (NIV)
The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received. 2 How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? 3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. 4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.
Habakkuk 2:1-4 (NIV)
I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. 2 Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. 3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.4 “See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness.
- As we wait we need to remember: What God is __________ in us is more important than the things we are waiting for.
Romans 5:3-5ª (NLT)
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us…
Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
But those 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.
For Personal Reflection or Group Discussion
- Think about a time you took matters in your own hands while waiting on God. What did you learn from that situation?
- How can we keep our focus on God rather than our circumstances (especially when we are overwhelmed)?
- As you wait in this season for something significant, what do you think God is doing in your soul?