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When We Wait For God Part 1

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August 30, 2022 1:00 am

When We Wait For God Part 1

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer

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August 30, 2022 1:00 am

Whether it’s long grocery lines or long waits for answered prayer, God uses these unplanned “waits” to mold our character. There is a sharp contrast between human manipulation and God’s timetable. In this message from Psalm 37, we investigate four ways we should wait for God. Let’s slow down and let God be God. 

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Rain forests looking to Jesus and perfecter of our patience is only developed when that patience is dry weather long grocery lines were long waits for answered prayer. God uses these unplanned weights hold our characters from the Moody Church in Chicago. This is running to win when books are whose clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line vasculature are all used to fast food and fast Internet searches for many slowing down to wait for God is not easy day.

That's absolutely true.

And today I see people on their cell phones. Virtually all the time.

And of course it's because we don't like to wait, we don't like to be quiet before God or before man I need to say how practical this is even this morning I was trying to solve a logistical scheduling problem and I decided to just wait for God isn't resolved yet, but I need to wait for him. That's why this message. I think is going to touch the lives of many people I want to emphasize that this is the second to last day of marvelous opportunity for you to help us with running to win is the second last day of our matching gift program. We have some friends who say that they are willing to double any gift given to running to win up to $90,000 would you join us today. Here's what you can do. Go to RTW's RTW Take advantage of this, my friend, because together we are making a difference or if you prefer you can call us at 1-888-218-9337 now since I'm going to speak on the topic of waiting on God. Wouldn't it be tragic if we didn't begin by waiting on God.

Let's bow together in silent prayer asked God to transform your life today by his word and by the spirit father Withrow ourselves before you today confessing that there is no good in us, except that which is rotten in us by you because in our flesh.

There dwells nothing good and therefore we pray in humility and brokenness transform this wonderful sanctuary that others have built for us into a sanctuary of peace and understanding and transformation, and honor to your blessed name. Amen most of us struggle with impatience.

I am very impatient, especially when I have to stand in line when I'm at a bank or an airport and you have to stand in line. You always take the shortest line which always turns out to be the longest line somebody ahead of you is either buying the bank buying the airline doing this huge transaction and you just want to say fact it's to the point that sometimes I deliberately choose the long line, arguing that it might in the end be faster than the short line cut short lines of disappointed me so often you miss a turn in a revolving door and you have to see a psychiatrist because you're behind schedule. Impatience is a part of who we are and as a result of that impatience with people and circumstances here me carefully. Ultimately, at the bottom of that is impatience with God because we do believe that he does control the events in life, including the long red light that I had to stand at today. God wants to rid us of impatience and it can't be done unless we learn to wait on God, God is telling us to idle our motors when we want to strip our ears. God says wait on me. Wait, but were not very good at waiting on God wants to teach us that and I want you to take your Bibles and turn now to Psalm 37 Psalm 37 which is a wonderful song that many of you have read greatly blessed as all of us have been noticing Psalm 37. David begins and I'm actually beginning at verse three.

Because I want to make a point.

He says in verse three. Trust in the Lord and do good verse four. Delight yourself in the Lord. Verse 5 Commit Your Way to the Lord. Verse seven is still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way over. The man who carries out evil devices.

Refrain from anger and forsake wrath. Fret not yourself. It tends only to evil for the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. Psalm 37 is a contrast between human manipulation and the human timetable and God's timetable and the purpose of this message is to help all of us to fit into God's timetable to get in step with what God wants to do in our lives, rather than us running ahead of God doing our own thing and then praying like everything that he will bless us in the process. This is a sound that's going to teach us to slow down and to lead God be God. Here's the agenda for the next 2025 minutes were going to investigate five different things for which we should wait for God and then at the end of the message of the tell you how to wait and relevantly changed and different. Thank you for joining us on the journey for what shall we wait first number one, we wait for justice. We wait for justice.

Isn't that exactly what the text says that I've read, be patient before the Lord and wait. Fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way over. The man who carries out evil devices. If you are the victim of evil devices and evil people. The answer to you from God is wait because you'll notice it also talks about later on that the wicked shall be cut off and you'll notice it says in verse 35 I've seen a wicked ruthless man spreading himself like a green laurel tree, but he passed away in the old he was no more weight on God. Now we should do all that we possibly can to bring justice to every situation in life that is under our control, to fight on behalf of justice for the poor for the marginalized and we should do all we possibly can, within our power, but you and I know because we live long enough to know that there are all kinds of situations over which we have no control. We have no way to be able to bring justice either for ourselves and for others and we fret.

Notice the text says, do not fret if you wait on God. Your fret level will decrease because you'll finally say God I wait for just from your hand and not my reasonable. How long do we have to wait. Well to show you how God wants to develop patience in our lives. In the book of Revelation chapter 6 verse nine it says I saw the souls of those who were beneath the altar and they were crying. The souls of the martyrs that had been slain, it says, and they were crying and they're saying all God, how long until you avenge our blood on those that are on the earth. And God says I'm giving you robes and you still have to wait a little longer you say will that's a long time to wait.

Yes, it is a long time to wait, but were talking about patients and were talking about faith and adjust God here in America we have a number of different courts. You have a lower court that makes one ruling that may be overturned by a higher court and eventually it may work its way up to the Supreme Court and you and I need to be absolutely convinced that every non-answered justice on planet Earth will eventually appear at the Supreme Court of the universe and that wicked man, and that injustice will be addressed so that throughout all of eternity. We will sing praise and honor to him just and true are thy ways, now King of Saints. My question to you is today. Are you willing to wait for God you willing to wait for God, that's the question because, listen a person waits on God is a person who believes that no good is really accomplished in this world unless it is God who does it and God may do it through his people, but it has to be wrought by God himself. So we wait for justice.

We wait for special blessings.

You'll notice it says in verse nine. Evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land and notice also the same idea in verse 34. When I read wait for the Lord and keep his way, he will exalt you to inherit the land. You will look on when the wicked are cut off.

Wait for the Lord and keep his way and he will the Old Testament the way in which you are blessed as you inherited the land God promised Abraham the land and later on, it was divided among the tribes you know that history and land was very important. There was a direct connection between God's blessing and the land. There is a direct connection between God's blessing and whether or not you had a good crop or whether or not you had lots of sheep and goats in the New Testament that does not apply in the same way, but it does apply.

This way we all want to be blessed. Don't way. Oh, that you might bless us.

Indeed, and that your hand might be upon us and we all seek God's blessing now God is already wondrously blessed us in Jesus.

But there are times when we say you know I really want to live a life that is blessed by God. You cannot do it unless you wait for God, you have to wait for God. There are two examples of waiting for blessing in the Scripture remember the story of Jacob and Esau. Esau was the older son and yet God says that the elder, the oldest son will serve the younger hills are Jacob.

So what does Jacob and his mother do they plot and they plan and they trick Jacob's father and and they work. This plan and they end up lying, and they end up splitting the family apart for 20 bitterness that God promised him the blessing, if he had simply waited. God would've brought about in his own way in his own good time but Jacob was out of step with God. His mother Rebecca was out of step with God and they said we're going to accomplish this, according to our own way and according to our own timetable and they paid the price they would not wait on God positive example is David God says David I've anointed you to be king and I rejected soul.

You think then that David would want to overcome the soul on to opportunities he had the privilege of killing him.

If you have taken it, but he wouldn't do it. He said I'm not going to put forth my hand and touched the Lord's anointed. I am going to wait for God to give me the kingdom and for 10 long years. David is pursued by Saul to the point that David actually became insane.

He allowed saliva to run down his beard.

He joined the Army of the Philistines of all things of the enemy and and you know that evil people can drive you insane. They can because all of their view of reality is C is skewed and you begin to wonder. You know, am I the same one or they insane and they can really cut you off balance and Saul did that to David, but David said God. If you've given me the kingdom. I will wait for the kingdom. I will wait on you and he got it in God's time, not his third we wait for special blessing. Don't force the hand of God.

Third, we wait for strength here. I'm turning to another passage that you need not look at all simply quoted to you because it's very familiar. Isaiah chapter 40 verse 31 they who wait for 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 they shall not faint waiting on God.

It says in Psalm 27 verse 14 wait for the Lord be strong and let your heart take courage way for the Lord dozens of times. The Bible tells us to wait for God wait on the Lord and you'll renew your strength physically. Yes I think so. I think that that is can be applied physically to the physical strength I know a pastor who is a very good pastor and a very good preacher but he continually is struggling with the disease he finds it very difficult to walk and one day when he and I were together I was preaching at his church. He said that he said I'm so tired tonight and I said yes I know that feeling to but I said to him. Remember the Holy Spirit is never tired God is never tired 24 seven. God is never tired. We are, and they who wait for the Lord. Renew their strength. Physically they renew their strength.

Spiritually you'll notice it says take courage and wait for the Lord your facing something tomorrow. That's difficult the situation at work that's bursting upon you and your tempted to do the wrong thing because it seems to be the convenient thing. What you must do is to wait on God and in the process allow God to work his will and to give you the courage to do what is right. They who wait on God, renew their strength.

We also wait on God for guidance. Chapter 25 verse five. If you want to turn back now in the book of Psalms just a few pages from where you are in chapter 25 Psalm 25 and how delightful it is for me to hear the rustling of leaves from the Bible. For those of you who have one and bring it. God bless you.

You'll notice it says in Psalm 25 verses four and five make me to know your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths lead me in your truth and teach me or you are the God of my salvation for you. I wait all day long. Two examples, one from Scripture, the other from life. The Bible says that Joshua when he came into the land he was tricked by the Gibeonites unit. Remember that story.

They said were coming from a distance and so they took moldy bread and they put it in their satchels and they acted as if they were from a distance, because God says don't make a covenant with the people who are from the land so they came and they said oh we came from a Long Long Way, Joshua makes a covenant that is not going to kill them that they are not. He's not going to fight against them that they're going to be able to live among them those Gibeonites were a thorn in his side.

But here's the phrase you should always remember it says regarding Joshua. He asked not the Council of the Lord. It seemed so right, he thought. There's some things you don't have to ask God about.

I mean, it's clear these people came from a distance. It's perfectly legitimate for us to make a covenant with them, but he can't see around corners and God can and those Gibeonites irritated the Israelites for generations because he asked, not the Council of the Lord.

One of the interesting things to me as a pastor is why it is that some people marry so unhappily. Most people when they are married, don't go down the aisle, saying pastor where here today and were committed to in this written really committed yet. 10 years later. That's what happens. I think of a woman I knew who was counseled to not marry a certain man, and she said, quote I'm unhappy single I might as well be unhappy married so she married him later on she learned that it's much better to want what you don't have than to have what you don't want young people there something far worse than singleness.

In fact, singleness is a great blessing and we should preach in our churches about the glories of singleness because God can use you in ways that those of us who are married can't be used because we have other commitment, but the simple fact is that there are so many people who do not ask the Council of the Lord. They may ask God to bless their marriage but they don't say God. I'm asking your counsel.

I wait for you all day long for the decision. They don't do that and look at where they end up number of years ago when I was a teacher at Moody Bible Institute, and I'm glad to see some Moody students here today when I was a teacher there is having lunch with a student who had graduated several years previously, and he said I'm going into medicine, but he said it is so tough.

It is so competitive. He said I this is my lifelong dream and I fear I'm going to fail said, but he said in my anxiety.

I find I can study I'm I'm not sleeping well. I can hardly eat because of the anxiety I sent him no problem we can take care that right here with my friend, you're certainly going to have to listen to running to win next time to find out the advice that I gave to this student.

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RTW or call us right now at 1-888-218-9337 thanks in advance for joining the running to win family. It's time again for another chance for you to ask pastor looks or a question you may have about the Bible or the Christian life pastor looks or from any sexual sin seems to rank as the worst kind. Elsie listens to running to win in Zeeland, Michigan and has these two questions when David send sexually did he go and sin no more, and can one ever be healed from sexual betrayal. Thank you so much for your question and I'm simply going to answer the question as you gave it. First of all, when David send sexually did he go and sin no more. We have no evidence that he sinned in the same way again sexually now. He had numerous wives. But the Bible does not in any way list.

Another sexual escapade such as he had with Bathsheba and we certainly hope that he quote went and send no more.

Your second question is a little bit more difficult. Can one ever be healed from sexual betrayal. I take this to mean that you have been betrayed and you been betrayed and you're asking the question, can you be healed from it will. That's a difficult story. It would be interesting to sit down and to counsel you and find out exactly what the story is because on the one hand, the answer is yes, particularly if the person who betrayed you, is willing to ask forgiveness and again work on integrity and trust issues if that person continues to violate.

However, the trust then of course another course of action has to be taken if you're asking the question, do you ever forget it.

Do you ever experience healing.

The answer is yes if there is forgiveness. If there is reconciliation and if there isn't bottom-line, you still must forgive. You must experience your own healing. After all, the Bible says that God heals the brokenhearted, but it's not an easy path. I suggest that you talk to a counselor who will guide you along the way so that you don't get stuck in the past.

Thank you Elsie for sharing your questions and thank you Dr. lutes are those answers if you'd like to hear your question answered.

Go to our and click on ask, pastor, loser, or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 running to win is all about helping you understand God's roadmap for your race of life. Next time, David waited 10 years for his kingship. We also can learn to wait for God running to win is sponsored by the Moody Church

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