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Encounter "The Wait"

April 24, 2019

 

 

      Wow!  What an Easter weekend we shared together at MCC!  Thank you MCC Family for going all-in for all 3 days.  We had over 200 guests with us who were able to hear the Gospel and experience a loving and gracious community of believers.

 

Next weekend is Commitment Weekend!  We will be sharing important information about this at both services to help you be prepared.  We will also be celebrating life change this Saturday night, so don’t miss it.

 

      This weekend's encounter is between God and a man named Abram.  You know him best as Abraham and his wife Sarah.  God’s invitation to Abraham was met with an immediate response.  But what Abraham soon discovered is that God works through the wait more often than the immediate.

 

      Take a read through Genesis Chapter 12 – 22 and here is what we will unpack this weekend together:  Waiting is part of the process of becoming who God created me to be.

 

      Waiting may very well be the hardest single thing we are called to do, yet God’s word is replete with the command to wait.  43 times in the Old Testament alone the people are told - “Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him…”  “Wait for the lord and keep to his way, and he will exalt you…”   The great promise of the Old Testament was that a Messiah would come.  But Israel had to wait – generation after generation, century after century.  But even the arrival of Jesus did not mean that the wait was over.   Jesus would live, teach, be crucified and resurrected only then to tell his disciples “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised.”   The final words of the bible are about waiting – “The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”

 

      John Ortberg said “For good reasons, God does not always move at our pace.  We are too often double espresso followers of a decaf Sovereign God.”

 

But consider the reasons God doesn’t always move at our pace.  The reason God does not move at my pace is because He is the only one in this relationship that knows what is ahead and has the ability to control it. 

          

      That leads us to our second discovery this weekend:  Waiting on God requires patient, but active, Trust.

 

      Waiting on the Lord is a confident, disciplined, expectant, active and daily decision to trust Him and obey Him even when the circumstances in life aren’t turning out the way I want them to.  It is not a passive waiting around for something to happen that will allow you to escape your trouble. It’s taking the long hike up the mountain.  It is placing what God wants on the Altar and raising the knife.

 

      Peter wrote:  “But do not ignore this one fact, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.  The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.”  (2 Peter 3:8)(NIV)

 

      What is it that God is asking of you right now? Has He been prompting you to get involved here at church and serve building His Kingdom?  Has He been calling you someplace in your journey with Him that is unfamiliar to you?  Are you willing to trust Him? Your encounter with God awaits you. I look forward to discovering it with you this Saturday at 5:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am.

 

Dave

 

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