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Waiting on the Lord

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Isaiah 40

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

WAIT ON THE LORD CAN YOU WAIT ON THE LORD
Introduction: "CAN YOU WAIT ON THE LORD
Today is family and friends day here at New Providence Missionary Baptist Church Therefore for it is a time of celebration it is this time that we get together. Laugh, rejoice, fellowship together; we may even cry together. We eat some good old food, hear good singing and preaching. And we are able to connect and re-connect with old friends/places again. It reminds us of the journey God has brought us on so far in our life and how you can testify of how God has kept you from last year to this year. This celebration allows you to connect and reconnect with family and old acquaintances, and places. And many times celebrations like this allow us to see just how far we have come and to give thanks for how we made thus far.
YET CHURCH I believe this morning that we We have had to endure something’s, experience something’s, encounter something’s, realize something’s and wait on something’s in order to be where we are now and where we still have to go.
All of us have come to places in our lives where we felt trapped. Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever felt you was at your breaking point and no matter what you do, it wouldn’t get better. One would say you at the end of say you are at the end of your rope. At this point Optimist would say, “Just tie another not in the rope.” Pessimist would say, “Just let it go.”
All of us has faced this challenge at one time or another. What do you do with a marriage that is on the rocks, or children with problems you can’t solve, or problems on job, or having more bills than money, or being restless with grief of a loved one? No matter what your situation or question, God has a plan and a way to bring us out. And we find ourselves waiting for a change to take place.
For most of us, we'd rather do anything than wait. That is the source of many problems for us. When we get impatient we sometimes move too quickly or in the wrong direction. Most of us would rather do anything than wait. Some of us would rather do the wrong thing than wait.
Truth be told, most of life is waiting. Waiting for an appointment to see the doctor. Waiting to graduate. Waiting to be accepted in college. Waiting for your first job offer. Waiting to see if the bank will give you a loan. Waiting for the right time to start a family. Waiting for the Lord to bring the right man or the right woman into your life. Waiting to find out what God wants you to do. Waiting for someone to buy your house. Waiting for your prayers to be answered. Waiting for your husband to come home, waiting for your children to act right.
Waiting is one of the hardest acts of life. Yet we all spend a big part of our lives waiting for things to happen. We all have to wait whether we like it or not.
No one likes to wait, especially in today’s time. For everything that we do is based on the response to time. Most everything comes to us instantly, whether it is food or information. If something is not happening, fast enough then we attempt to make it happen ourselves!
Waiting is part of what it means to be human. We waited to be born and we also have to wait to die. As humans, we have limitations. Many times we do not know why things are held up like are; for we lack the ability to see into the future.
We do not have the capabilities to see, to know, and to grasp all things Many times things are held up because danger is ahead and the way has to be cleared for safety in order for us to move forward. Then there are times that it’s just not conducive to make a move. It’s just not the right time; maybe you cannot handle it at this time, it may not be the right thing, the right person, or location for you. You just got to wait!
Many mistakes and disasters have been made and have happened and people lives have been affected because somebody just couldn’t wait for directions, for clearance, and guidance; because they took matters into their own hands.
But I come this morning recommending somebody that’s an expert because he knows all things, sees all things, controls all things, understands all things, discerns all things, and possesses all things. For he is omnipotent omnipresent, and omniscient God! He is God all by himself and he already knows what the next move will be, the songwriters say I don’t know too much about tomorrow but I know who holds the future, can I get a witness
Psalm 27:14 says Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Isaiah 40: declares that they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
But there are times when this just does not seem true. There are times when we’ve been waiting for the Lord, and we’re continuing to wait, and wait, and wait – and He does not come. He does not seem to be strengthening us. We hold on as long as we can, but we feel ourselves slipping – because even as we’re trying to faithfully trust that the Lord will bless us, everything seems to be going wrong. Everything seems to be falling apart around us. All hell is breaking loose. God can use anything, pleasant or unpleasant, positive or negative to connect us to the places where He wants us to be. God can use your disappointment to bring about your appointment with him.
\The Book of Isaiah is from the Old Testament of the Bible. Isaiah was a prophet. Prophets were those whom God called to give His messages to His chosen people. The Israelites was chosen people to be holy, righteous, people; and a light to the pagan/evil people around them. God proved His power and might to them time and time again. He blessed them when they were obedient to His laws, and allowed punishment when they ‘became evil in His sight’ by worshiping idols instead of Him, putting their trust in ‘man’ and not having faith in Him to provide for their needs. By this time the people were ruled by kings and often battled other nations. When the Israelites were under the rule of godly kings, they were given victories and prospered. When they were ruled by evil kings and followed the sinful ways of these kings, God allowed them to be defeated. Often the people were too caught up in themselves to make the connection of blessings for good behavior and punishment for bad behavior.
God wanted so much for the Israelites to turn to Him and turn away from their evil practices! Time and time again He sent prophets to the kings and Israelite people to warn them of impending punishment if they continued with their sinful ways.
Time and time again the people ignored the messages of the prophets. Eventually God enacted the consequences He’d warned about. The Israelites were taken into captivity by their enemies. (Israel fell to the Assyrians. Judah was taken by Babylonians).
Their time in captivity was long and tough, but God was always there with them.
God is like Momma she is there when everybody else turns their back and gives up on us; she will be right there! That’s the kind of Momma I had.
Don’t you know that God looks beyond our faults and he see our needs. God is a good God and his mercy endureth forever can I get a witness!
God is not embarrassed about their waywardness and clearly exposes them. No matter how unfaithful they have been, God has put in motion a plan which will not be interrupted or destroyed by man or a nation. It still was about God And Man. Israel can be assured God has not forsaken them. Church you can rest assure God will take care of you and he will see you through! All you have to do is wait is on the Lord! In the 40th chapter. God Comforts His People, even in their rebellious state and while they are in captivity.
In the Book of Isaiah, chapter 40, Isaiah the prophet is giving God’s message to those in captivity he gives words of comfort, strength and hope tell us to wait on the Lord
The first 39 chapters of Isaiah deal with judgment upon the nations for their rebellious, sinful ways to God and His Word. This included both the northern kingdom of Israel and southern kingdom of Judah. The northern kingdom of Israel had already been taken into captivity by the Assyrians when the Prophet wrote the book of Isaiah. In another 90 years, the southern kingdom of Judah would go into the Babylonian captivity. There Judah would be disciplined by the Lord for her disobedience and rebellion for 70 years.
In view of the nations’ present troubles and captivity by the Babylonians, in chapters 40-66 Isaiah declares comfort to the people of God. He stated that the Lord would send ultimate hope and comfort and restoration.
Even though they were in captivity in the hands of the enemy the Lord still made a way for them, he fed he clothed them, and finally he bought them out. He restored them to their original state God did not forget about them.
From our text we find Isaiah the prophet offering words of encouragement as he addresses the children of Israel who are in captivity in Babylon. In their discouragement and despair he offers them a message of comfort. Isaiah said But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.” Let's consider from these words of Isaiah the eternal rewards that come from waiting upon the Lord.
What a wonderful promise to the child of God--to know that as we wait on the Lord, He has promised to renew our strength it gives us hope and comfort; it helps us to know that we are not alone in our struggles. The Bible declares that God bought the Israelites out of Captivity. He loosed the bands and shackles that were holding them. He bought about restoration for them God bought about victory for his people!

Do you know what I'm talking about this morning? Sometimes we just feel like giving up. But the Lord is saying, "Wait a minute--don't give up; hang in there--keep going, do your best, stand tall and keep the faith, I've got a plan. I sit high and look low I willm ake your crooked path straight, I will take care of you in the valley
Don’t run ahead of God He is an on time God he is able to do anything but fail. Wait on the Lord church he will see you through!
While you are trying to figure it out God already worked it out! Wait on the Lord. Pay Day is coming after a while. The old Folk say he might not come when you want him to but he will be on time. Yes he will I know what I am talking about.
Because they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. that they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
No matter what the problem is God can fix it, troubles don’t last always, God will bring you out. Wait on Lord! I wonder can you wait on him?
God is so great! He got all powers in his hands . He held the oceans in His hands, measured the heavens with His fingers, and knows the weight of the world. He is so wise that no one is wiser than the Lord. No one can be compared to Him!
Even God Himself asks, “To whom can I be compared? Who is my equal?” Jeremiah 32:27 God himself raised the question Is there anything to hard for me to do
God called the stars by name and counts them to make sure none are lost.
This is our everlasting God! Our Creator! He never weakens or grows weary. None of us can comprehend the depth of His righteousness. It is this powerful and mighty God who sees us and hears us! He gives us strength when we feel weak and empowers us when we are tired and worn out. Yes, God is God all by himself
Daniel was in the Lion Den, Shadrach Meschah and Abendego was in a fiery furnace and God got in the fire and bought them out. Paul and Saul was in Roman Jail they prayed and midnight and God heard them and the chains came loose.
I was sinking far from the peaceful shore sinking to rise no more but the master of the sea heard my despairing cry and he lifted me.
When it did not look like I was going to make it he bought me out wait on him. He will make it alright he will fix for for you yes he will
Over 2000 years ago Jesus was marched to the cross

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...How many of y’all have heard the story about the man and the footprints? I’m sure a lot of you have but if you haven’t here it is: “One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to him, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life, there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed you most you would leave me.” The Lord replied, “Most precious, precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”” This is a powerful reminder of how great our God is. When we decide to follow Jesus, we are saying that we will lean on him and we trust that he will be there to carry us through the hard times. As humans, it is our natural instinct to be in control of our lives, to make everything work, to think we can do it alone. We need......

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