Waiting On God

 

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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. Isaiah 40:31

God has so much  planned for you but it requires waiting.  Waiting requires discipline. Discipline requires obedience.  Obedience requires fearlessness, and fearlessness requires faith. And the bible says without faith it is impossible to please God!
In other words if you can’t operate in faith , nine times out of ten, you’ll find it difficult to  wait on God !
At some point in our lives, anything worth having, requires waiting. And if we must wait, why not just wait on the Lord.
We don’t like to wait. We microwave our food. We eat out rather than wait for something to thaw out and then prepare it. We flip channels quickly when a commercial comes on because we don’t want to wait. We change lanes rather than wait behind a car that’s moving slower than us. We leave items in the store rather than wait on a long line.
The scripture says  they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. Waiting will result in increased strength.  When you don’t wait on God, you exhaust your own strength.
As I look at the text, the question I had was why did Isaiah mention eagles? What is it about eagles that  brings life to this scripture?
There are characteristics of an eagle that are synonymous with those that wait on the Lord.

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Try Again

Have you ever done something for so long that it didn’t end up the way you thought it should ? The most common trick of the enemy in the lives of Gods people is to maximize what looks like failure. He  tries to convince God’s people to not try again! After all, trying again reminds you that you failed something the first time. Trying again means that you may end up with the same results. For many of us, we want to plan out our next move, but seldom do we respond in faith and say I trust God no matter what!

At what point in our lives do we just trust God and try again? Proverbs 3:5 says trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.

There are various reasons people don’t trust God and just give up;  they get bored, they don’t see results quick enough or they listen to other people’s advice. Sometimes fear gets in the way. Fear of going further or going deeper can be frightening when you’ve attempted it before.

It is here we see Simon Peter telling Jesus we’ve been at this all night …but at your word we’ll “try it again”!

At some point in our life we have to  launch out into deep water?

Water-ministry, water-business , water- relationships , water- new associations, water-entrepreneurships… and the list can go on.

Three things to encourage you to try again is right here in this scripture.

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. Luke 5:4

  • Always know that depth is a matter of perspective. (You can go further than you think!)
  • Your net is worthless standing in one place. ( There are so many that would benefit from what you have, you just have to move from where you are!)
  • The word of God will always precede your launching out into the deep.(God will always give you instructions before your next assignment)

Try again! Don’t get stuck not launching out!  God is on your side sister! God is on your side brother!  Be encouraged! Monday is still coming! You can try again.

Monday Is Still Coming

Why is there a breakdown from Sunday to Monday? People in the church get excited about the spirited, well written and perfectly executed sermons on Sunday and some how on Monday they’ve totally forgotten what they’ve heard! They’ve become defeated, depressed and despondent. Life has thrown them lemons, and they just don’t feel like making lemonade on Monday! Where is the disconnect? Do believers, somehow drop the sermon at the front door before heating up their Sunday dinner? Or is something missing?

I heard Bishop Vashti McKenzie say recently on the Word Network, “people are being churched and not changed”. I totally agree!  When you’re churched, you hear a message and say, “that was powerful”, or “the pastor preached today”!… and then Monday comes. Bills are due, collection agencies begin calling at 8:00 am, your children are having a rough time in school, or maybe your spouse has been argumentative. What happened? Monday came.

There must be some application to what is heard on Sunday and what our response to “life”  is on Monday. We all have or will experience suffering ,disappointment or just life’s stuff. We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can control our response to what happens to us. If you’re “the head and not the tail” ( re:Deuteronomy 28:13)  then walk in it! If He is your Shepherd and you have everything you need ( re: Psalm 23) then so be it!

It is my intention that this blog will provide scriptural resources for new responses to life’s circumstances. No matter where your house of worship may be and what day of the week you worship … just know, Monday is still coming. #beprepared