Sovereignty and Providence part 5: Waiting on God

Posted: December 21, 2011 in mens group OCT-DEC2011, Sovereignty
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I believe I will start every week by restating these facts about God.
What are the ingredients of sovereignty?

1.1 Ownership

1.2 Authorship

1.3 Control

What is the providence of God?

God’s execution of His plan in your life and in the entire universe!

Sovereignty and providence… if you believe these facts about God, you should sleep well at night.

Have you ever heard the song, “the waiting is the hardest part?”… Well it’s true.

Waiting is disheartening. We start to think that things will never get better.

We start to think nothing will ever change.

We start to wonder if we are making a mistake by waiting, and sometimes spring into action before God wants us to.

The longer we have to wait, the more discouraged we will be.

Joseph was waiting in prison for two years, after doing nothing wrong. He probably thought that he would die in jail.

Why didn’t God step in and perform a miracle for Joseph? Why not set him free in a miraculous way?

Robert J Morgan said, “Miracles do still occur, but God uses them sparingly. Even in the Bible, miracles were not God’s standard operation of procedure… God uses everyday occurrences to steer the Christian man or woman of faith along. Only the mature Christians pay attention to the coincidences, accidents and misfortunes in their life, because they know they are anything but.”

Sometimes we have to wait in uncomfortable circumstances, but the Lord will have His way in the end.

Isaiah 64:4
no eye has seen any God except You,
who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him.

God knows what He is doing. We have to wait on Him.

While in Prison God allowed Joseph to interpret dreams in a miraculous way, but that was the only time joseph saw a miracle. The rest of the time God provided food and clothing for Him in a very average way.

That’s how God works most of the time. Just because you haven’t had a dream, or a great prophetic word, or an outburst of His presence in your life, does not mean that God is not working right now.

He is always working.

Andrew Murray under a daunting circumstance said the following: I am here,
1. by God’s appointment
2. In his keeping
3. Under His training
4. For His time

1. By God’s appointment

We know that Joseph had a divine appointment to be the co-ruler of Egypt with Pharaoh, but he did not know that while He was waiting.

An Alaskan native Rocky McElveen takes people on fishing and hunting tours in Alaska.

Many times these tours are dangerous, and Rocky has had some very close to death experiences.

One time he dropped off some guys and they killed a trophy Moose, and they were ready to be picked up the next day, only there was one problem… the World Trade Center was attacked the next day, and all of the airplanes were grounded.

When a large animal is killed in the wild, it’s scent can be picked up for miles, and the hunters, who had no idea why they were not being picked up, had to wait in the wild with the threat of bears and wolves.

They had no idea why they were waiting, but they had nothing else to do… they had to wait for the plane. It was to far and their packs were to heavy to walk back in, they would have died.

When a pilot finally came to get them they were upset, but they were told that America was attacked by terrorists, and they calmed down a little.

When one of the hunters that was left stranded returned, he came to Rocky and Rocky said, “God is in control, not me. We may not understand the events, but God sees the past, present and future, and He is in charge. We must trust Him.”

If you are waiting for God to show up and He has not yet, He has some good reasons that are probably unknown to you.

2. In his keeping

When Joseph told the cupbearer the good news, he thought he would be fried right away, but he was not, because it was not God’s timing.

Remember the Lord’s hands are never tied. If the circumstances of your life are tied up it’s because He tied them up, It’s by His appointment. -Steve Farrar

If you are waiting for something and it’s been a long time to wait, remember that God is going to keep you, you are His. Everything is done only by His divine appointment,

3. Under His training

If God wants’ us to wait, we need to wait. If we do not wait, we will not learn all that He is trying to teach us.

Waiting is an act of faith

Heb 11:1 now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval.

Faith is what separates the men from the boys. -Steve Farrar

The first two kings of Israel were David and Saul.

David had enough faith to wait on the Lord; Saul did not.

When Saul’s army was being overran by his enemies, Saul stopped waiting on God, and took matters into his own hands, which by the way is never a good idea.

1 Sam 13:6-14
The men of Israel saw that they were in trouble because the troops were in a difficult situation. They hid in caves, thickets, among rocks, and in holes and cisterns. Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul, however, was still at Gilgal, and all his troops were gripped with fear. He waited seven days for the appointed time that Samuel had set, but Samuel didn’t come to Gilgal, and the troops were deserting him. So Saul said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” Then he offered the burnt offering. Just as he finished offering the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. So Saul went out to greet him. and Samuel asked, “What have you done? “Saul answered, “When I saw that the troops were deserting me and you didn’t come within the appointed days and the Philistines were gathering at Michmash. I thought: The Philistines will now descend on me at Gilgal, and I haven’t sought the Lord’s favor. So I forced myself to offer the burnt offering.” Samuel said to Saul, “You have been foolish. You have not kept the command which the Lord your God gave you. It was at this time that the Lord would have permanently established your reign over Israel, but now your reign will not endure. The Lord has found a man loyal to Him, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not done what the Lord commanded.”

Instead of waiting for Samuel to return (waiting on God) Saul took matters into his own hands, and in turn, lost his kingdom.

The test of God looking for a man after His own heart was a waiting test… I say again, Saul’s test was a waiting test, if he was willing to wait Samuel said that his kingdom would have no end.

Since Saul was not willing to wait, he was demoted.

4. For His time

Psalm 31:15 the course of my life is in Your power…

Remember, He is in control over everything.

His timing will be better than our timing. It always is.

God Bless,

Dan Fogarty.

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