Sunday, 12 June 2022

Wait Upon the Lord

 Scripture:  Isaiah 40 v 31: "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."

When we wait upon someone it is to do them a service, to serve them in some way, as, perhaps, in a restaurant.  A waiter takes your order and returns with your meal order.  

If we wait upon God it means we are ready to receive instructions which should be carried out to His exact requirements.  If your waiter brought you roast chicken when you ordered lamb kebabs, it would go back to the kitchen uneaten, and you may go elsewhere for better service.

Our God is patient, loving and kind but He has a plan and wants it carried out by dependable "waiters".  His plan is simple.  He created Adam out of clay, Eve was taken from one of Adam's ribs.  He now had a man and a woman and He called them husband and wife and said, Go forth and multiply!

Eve had all the seed of unborn billions in her ovaries.  They appeared at first to have no lifespan.  They were eternal in Eden.  Until sin, death and disease brought on by submission to Satan, wrecked that plan.  

So we are the remnants of the last billion of her seed.  We are submitted to Jesus Christ to do the will of God, to wait upon Him and do His bidding.  There is One Church, the Body of Jesus, but it is still shattered into millions of pieces.  Most with different or even opposing ideas on the actual reason for their existence.

We need to take stock of where we are headed because we want to go home to Heaven as soon as possible because this planet is unsafe.  Elon Musk, that great thinker and planner, wants to colonize Mars, because Earth is dying, people are in peril, and there seems no hope to fix what's wrong.  But God has a workable plan, and we need to listen to Him and carry it out.

Some years ago it was revealed that the word WAIT could be interpreted as Wisdom, Anointing, Instruction, Timing.  When we understand the depths of what Jesus is busy building in us and for His kingdom, it makes it essential to keep this in mind.

Wisdom:  Our best sources of wisdom are the Holy Bible and the Holy Spirit.  When the Lord gives you a project or task your confirmation will come from the Bible.  When you know the Word, you will know that what has been suggested flows with goals of the Bible.  

The overall theme of the Bible reflects God's will to save souls and disciple them to enable them to save others.  It started with the marriage of Adam and Eve, it ends with the rebellious Bride finally saying, Come Lord Jesus.  Long after the Rapture!

The Holy Spirit firstly witnesses with your spirit to the truth.  If the project is not from God and will waste time and money, you will get a very uneasy feeling within.  This will grow to bring doubt and a mental block.  Pray to make sure the enemy is not trying to deceive you, and make sure the Lord has initiated it for His kingdom to grow.

Anointing:  When you are filled with the Holy Spirit and experience His wonderful gifts (1 Corinthians 12), you will understand His anointing.  It's almost like a rider guides a horse.  You get a nudge, feel His warmth, feel pulled in a certain direction.  Others get into the flow of it which is a 'corporate anointing'.  The more you pray and fellowship together the more abundantly the Holy Spirit flows with you.  With His guidance and your obedience your project should prosper.

Instruction:  Whenever you build some thing for God, He already has the plan of it ready to download to those He has chosen to execute it.  He has those who will finance it, provide material for it and have the know-how to do it to His satisfaction.  So do not try to superimpose your own ideas over His plan!  Wait for instructions.  Moses needed just such instructions to build the mobile Temple in the Wilderness.  Noah needed exact dimensions to build an ark.

So if you are planning to build a ministry, church, family or anything else you believe God is needing, don't go solo, or even in a committee, unless He is directing operations.  Wait Upon the Lord to reveal His perfect plan.  Many great ideas have floundered because the Lord's instructions were not sought or followed.

Timing:  The Lord God Almighty is seldom in a hurry.  He does not often do rush jobs.  He plans way ahead of the finest human minds on everything needed to make a successful project work.  He has the exact day and hour in mind to achieve this.  He does not need our schedule to override His.  He does not like being insulted but He is very patient.

To be a great asset on His team your best plan is to fully submit to His will.  Pray for the ability to wait until He is ready and you will be filled with joy at the outcome.  Noah was told to build an ark to withstand the worst ever flood, hundreds of miles from the coast in an area where it had not rained for a century.  He was mocked and scoffed at until God had filled his ark with animals, birds, insects, plus Noah and his family.  Then the devastating rains, geysers, tsunamis and floods came and the mockers were locked out by God.  His timing is always perfect.

God has planned for the chaos and mayhem of these last days before Jesus returns.  Jesus told us the sequence of events in Matthew 24 that would herald His coming.  Only God the Father knows the day and hour.  Not even Jesus knows.  So all those who claim to know are lying.  Just wait on the Lord and worship Him in Spirit and in truth.  He will reveal all you ever need in good time.

If every Christian was being totally obedient to our Father, we would have been home by now.  Let's start now to find out from God what His real plan is for our own selves.  How can we be in One Spirit, One mind, One direction, going forward?  Unity is forged in tribulation, and we are already in that these days, so don't kick against it but use it to build the Kingdom of God around you.

The Heavenly Wedding Feast starts without the Bride in the ancient Jewish ceremony.  After it has been going a few days, the Bride is fetched by the Bridegroom.  Before the end of the Great Tribulation, Armageddon will happen and before Israel is destroyed, The Bridegroom will rescue Her.  This is God's only plan, and it will happen.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us to be patient and to wait for Your wisdom, anointing, Instruction and timing to fulfil all Your perfect will.  Let us not exceed Your wonderful plans with our own finite ideas that are not endorsed by You, and will fail. Thank You for all You have already achieved for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.