Topic: Waiting or wasting?
Date: 15th September, 2015.
Text: Isaiah 40:31
Teaching: Fola Daniel Adelesi
The objective of this teaching is to help the listener stop putting the name of God to shame; condoning laziness while professing faith and prove that work is the proof of faith in God. This has become necessary because many Christians are allowing non believers to disdain God. They say they are waiting on God and they just sit down, expecting a miracle to happen when there is so much they can do to even show that they believe in God’s ability to turn things around.
Outline 1: Misinterpretation of waiting on God
1. Waiting means doing nothing 1 Sam 30:8
Many of us just say ‘God, come and do it’ rather than asking God what we can do, when to do it and how to do it.’ Some now think that waiting means doing nothing but waiting on God does not mean you should sit and do nothing.
2. God will do everything ~ James 2:26. Other Bible verses: James 2: 13, 18, 20, 22 & 1 Thessalonians 1:3.
The verses listed above all point to the fact that God will play his part but we as human beings have a role to play. Infact, one of the texts says faith is made perfect by works.
3. When God has done it for me, there is nothing left for me to do ~ Philippians 2:12.
Even if God gets you a job, it is still your duty to do that job to the best of your ability. When God blesses us with anything, we still have a duty to sustain the blessing and let God be happy about giving us more.
Outline 2: Work while waiting
The point here is for you to see that you must work while waiting. You can’t say you are waiting for a job to come and you have not applied anywhere! Don’t say you are waiting for God to bless you but you are not adding any skills to yourself while anticipating God’s blessings.
1. God worked despite the fact that he is the Almighty. John 5:17
2. Jesus worked even though he is the son of God. John 14:12 ; Acts 1:1
3. We also must work and take actions in situations having had examples from God and his only Son ~ Ephesians 4:28
4. God gives power for work instead of doing the work for us. Deuteronomy 8:18
The text in Deuteronomy 8:18 says God gives us the ‘power to get wealth.’ God could have just given us the wealth instead of the power to get it so it means you have to use the power – skill, wisdom, information, connection – to get the wealth.
Outline 3: Know what you are waiting for.
We must not just say that we are waiting on God like many do even though they cannot explain what they are waiting for. Examples of people who waited on God with clear expectations are:
1. Moses waited for the presence of God ~ Exodus 33: 14 & 15
2. Abraham waited for instructions from God ~ Gen 12: 1 – 3
3. Isaac stayed in the land in a time of famine as instructed by God ~ Gen 26:12 (result of staying)
4. Jacob waited and received revelation ~ Gen. 30:43 (result of revelation)
Some say they are waiting on God for a breakthrough but you will always find them in sport viewing centres. You will find ladies who are looking for jobs with mobile phones that are more expensive than what it costs to start a business, yet the don’t have jobs.
Christians must take responsibility. We should not say God will come and fix what he expects us to fix because he has done his part. God really wants us to wait on him but to wait on God does not mean to do nothing or to shift our entire responsibilities unto God.
Teach me how to wait on you and show me what to do while waiting on you.