Scripture Reference 1 Corinthians 2 : 4-5
4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
1 Kings 18 After a long time, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.” 2 So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab.
Most people feel vulnerable when waiting, so how can I assert that the believer is empowered to wait?
Life Lesson: Waiting on God for His answer and His timing builds character and faith. It is not so much in the immediacy of an answer from God that we grow, but it’s in the drudgery of waiting upon the Lord that our spiritual muscle is stretched to its limit and therefore, our growth response is commensurate to the period of waiting we have endured.
Abraham was not the father of faith because he always immediately got what he wanted, in fact, Abraham’s faith was periodically tested in ways most would find intolerable, and subsequently Abraham’s faith was monumental!
You see Abraham pleased God by choosing to believe God regardless of any and all evidence to the contrary. God told Abraham he would be a father, yet Sarah his wife was barren and unable to have children. God also told Abraham that he would be the father of many nations and through Abraham all peoples on earth would be blessed, Gen. 12:2-3! At this time Abraham was not a father and his beloved wife was barren, yet he chose to believe the Lord rather than the evidence to the contrary. Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for God’s promise to begin its fulfillment in their lives! Then after receiving the promised child from God, Abraham’s faith was tested again when God asked him to offer Isaac as a burnt offering. Somehow even then Abraham hung onto faith believing that none of God’s promises would ever fail no matter what!
Your time of waiting upon the Lord is not some cruel imposition on your life, it is God’s way of testing your faith, making you strain your spiritual muscle so that it will grow and become strong. God wants to build you up, not tear you down! Choose to believe God regardless of what the world, the flesh or the devil throws at you to the contrary! Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power!