God is so big and we are so small, like grasshoppers.
Isaiah 40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
Isaiah 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
Waiting is defined as: to stay in place until something expected happens, and to serve food. We have to wait on God to renew our strength. We’ve all felt faint, like we had no strength at all. While we’re waiting, God wants us to wait on him by serving him and others. Waiting refines our character and some things we only learn by waiting. God is never in a hurry and never fretful about what is going to happen. His time is not like ours. With him one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day (II Peter 3:8). As we serve God, it won’t be all about us but what we can do for God as we wait.
Isaiah 40:31 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.
Simeon was dedicated to God’s service and was probably very old. He had waited a long time at the temple for Christ. He was just or righteous and the Holy Ghost was with him. God showed him he wouldn’t die until he saw Jesus.
Luke 2:25-30 And, behold, there was a man…whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do…after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
God showed Simeon that a sword would pierce Mary’s soul as Jesus was pierced. Simeon told Mary so was ready to die now.
Luke 2:31-35 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary…Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
Others that had to wait: Abraham waited for God’s promise to have a son for 25 years, the Israelites waited 400 years to be delivered from Egypt. Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the Holy Ghost.
Acts 1:4-9 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he,ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things…was taken up; and a cloud received him…
Waiting helps us change our priorities and our motives so they are like God wants them to be. While the disciples waited for the Holy Ghost, they learned to be of one mind and one spirit in one place.
Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
When they were of one mind and one accord the Holy Ghost came. Sometimes when God answers, it’s amazing – like when the angel got Peter out of jail. The disciples were so amazed they didn’t believe it was him at the door (Acts 12:11-16).
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
God didn’t tell Abraham to take Lot with him but to go from his relatives to the land he would show him.
Genesis 12:1 (Amplified) Now [in Haran] the Lord said to Abram, Go away from your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you;
Abraham was 75 years old the first time God spoke to him. He lived in Ur which was a modern city of over 100,000 people. He knew 4 or 5 languages and was educated in math, astronomy, and the sciences. He was wealthy and faithful in business dealings. God said Abraham was his friend. We need to be a friend to God and do what he says.
Genesis 12:2-5 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance…and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan…
There will be problems if we don’t wait but take things into our own hands. Abraham and Lot’s herdsmen fought each other. Lot chose to live in Sodom that was full of wicked people. The king of Elam came against Sodom and carried Lot away with his family. Abraham had to go rescue them. When angels came to Lot’s house and the men of Sodom asked to have them for their lust, Lot’s thinking wasn’t right because he offered his daughters to them like whores.
Waiting teaches us patience and God wants us to calmly wait as we continue to serve him. Waiting builds anticipation and makes us more thankful the longer we have to wait. The most important thing is to refine our life in what we need, like loving kindness. God will strengthen our hearts when we believe him and wait on him.
Psalm 27:13-14 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
God wants us to wait patiently and rest. Rest is when we’re at peace and not worrying, troubled, fearful, or discouraged. We can be in bed for hours but not be resting.
Psalm 37:7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
God wants our strength renewed like young eagles. They fly up to 15,000 feet high and can see long distances. Eagles soar without flapping their wings like no other bird does. Hummingbirds flap their wings very fast, and some birds flap and glide. God said he would bare the Israelites on eagles’ wings and bring them to him.
Exodus 19:4-6 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.
Abraham waited 8 years but started doubting. His impatience in waiting for the child God promised caused him trouble. Not waiting on God will also cause us many problems.
Genesis 15:1-6 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir…the word of the Lord came…saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth…said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them…So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
A few years later Sarah tried to fix the problem. She told Abraham to take her servant Hagar as wife, then Hagar hated her. Sarah said her fault for the trouble was on Abraham. Hagar’s child was Ishmael, father of the Muslims who caused them trouble.
Genesis 16:1-6 Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar…and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee. But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)