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Title: The Discipline of Waiting


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The Discipline of Waiting
  • Luke 221-38

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The Pattern of Waiting
  • It is a clear pattern in Scripture
  • We see it in the lives of Gods great followers
  • He has chosen it as part of the way He relates to
    us

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The Pattern of Waiting
  • Abraham - waited 25 years before God fulfilled
    His promise to him
  • Joseph - He had to wait 12 years, much of it in
    prison, until God fulfilled His word to Him
  • Israel - Had to wait 400 years to inherit the
    Promise Land (Gen. 1516)

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The Pattern of Waiting
  • Saul - told to wait 7 days and failed
  • David - had to wait several years to come to the
    throne God promised him
  • Children of Israel - had to walk around Jericho
    for seven days before the wall fell

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The Pattern of Waiting
  • The prophets and Old Testament saints died
    waiting in hope for the Messiah to come (Heb.
    1113)
  • Jesus in His incarnation had to wait for the
    proper time to fulfill His mission (John 77-8)

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The Pattern of Waiting
  • The creation and believers are waiting for the
    new creation to come
  • Romans 822-25
  • Multiplies others in the Bible and church history

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The Pattern of Waiting
  • Patterns often point to that which is important
  • A pattern alerts us to look for something bigger
    than the pattern that is significant

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The Purpose of Waiting
  • It is not random
  • Sometimes the purpose is singular
  • Sometimes it is multi-purpose

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The Purpose of Waiting
  • Test Faith
  • Simeon and Anna faithfully went about their tasks
    while waiting
  • They Trusted They Remained Obedient

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The Purpose of Waiting
  • Test Faith - God values our trust in Him
  • He has built it into the very economy of His
    relationship with us. When we fail to trust all
    havoc breaks loose (Genesis 36-7)
  • There is no One greater and wiser than God
    Himself. To fail to call us to trust would be a
    failure on His part to desire our best

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The Purpose of Waiting
  • To Purify Us
  • Waiting forces us to sort out what is important
    and to see where our loyalty lies
  • 2 Peter 39-12

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The Purpose of Waiting
  • To Protest Us
  • Sometimes we need to be made to wait to avoid
    rash steps
  • Acts 1929-31

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The Purpose of Waiting
  • To Shape Events For Our Greatest Benefit
  • God had been active and waiting much longer than
    Simeon and Anna
  • Galatians 44 (Pax Romana Lex Romana Roman
    Roads)

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The Prize of Waiting
  • Good things come to those who wait
  • We participate in His work
  • We rejoice in His victory
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