This is Celia C. Tillman bringing you greetings and encouragement from the Honey-Comb of Praises. Our lesson for this month is WAIT ON THE LORD. Ladies, how many times have we been guilty of being impatient? The word impatient is used as an adjective which describes the noun or pronoun. Impatient shows the tendency to be quickly agitated or provoked. The word of God teaches that all who are Christians should follow after faith and patience, especially the older men and women who should be “sober, grave, temperate, sound in the faith, charity; in patience,”(Titus 2:2-3). They must also be sound in the doctrine of Christ, and to be good examples to the younger generation. An older person who has had years in the body of Christ should have grown in wisdom, and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. However, they must not be impulsive in their decision making, and lean not to their own understanding but to rely on God’s wisdom. In essence, however, waiting on God brings about putting our trust in him no matter how long it takes. To hope and trust in the Lord requires faith, patience; humility.
All of us who wear the name of Christ should be patiently waiting and letting our light shine before those in Christ and in the world. We must not give up or lose hope (faith), and courage, “Wait on the Lord: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord,” (Psalm 27:14). Ladies, I can remember many times that I have cried out unto the Lord for an answer, however, it didn’t come when I wanted it to come, but only in God’s own time.
Let us look at Abraham, who waited patiently, on the child of promise. Sarah, his wife conceived and bore him a son whose name was Isaac, (Genesis 21:1-5).
Moses had to contend with the murmuring and complaining of the children of Israel and he confronted God about it and God gave him an answer, and it was only in the Lord’s time that they were fed bread from heaven, (Exodus 16: 1-4).
Job through all his suffering waited on the Lord, and the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning, (Job 42:12-17). “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord and that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy, (James 5:11). Ladies, there are great dividends to be bestowed upon us when we wait on the Lord.
Many times however, we don’t give patience a chance to work in our lives. We must face our problem with confidence; realizing that God’s Word is always a powerful force and it will help us to gain a greater insight of what we are going through in any situation. Ladies, the Bible teaches us that we should “let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing,” (James 1:4). David said, “I wait for the Lord, and my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope,” (Psalm.130:5).
Ladies, many times we think we are running things all by ourselves but we must stop and open up the divine word of God and let him give us instructions of what to do. The Lord is more qualified, and more knowledgeable than we will ever be, (“Trust in the Lord and lean not to our own understanding…….” Proverb 3:5-6). Yes, waiting on God has its blessings and rewards but not waiting has its consequences. (1) When we wait on God we have time to rest and gain strength, (I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me, (Philippians 4:13); (2) “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined unto me, and heard my cry, (Psalms 40:1) and (3) When we don’t wait on the Lord, we may end up with consequences that will be with us for the rest of our lives
- Name the times when you were impatient, and not ask God to be a part of your decision making process.
- What does the Bible teaches that Christians should follow to be pleasing unto God? Explain
- Is there a time limit on waiting on God to answer our prayers? Explain
- When we first come to God, what should we believe about him? Explain Hebrew 11:6
- When we wait on God, what is the most important thing we should possess?
- If we don’t study and obey God’s Words how likely will we make it to heaven? Explain
- Who is the one that is more qualified, and more knowledgeable than man? Explain
- What are the benefits while we are waiting on the Lord? And if we don’t wait, what consequences awaits us?