Pastor Steve Williams : When You’re in the Waiting Room

When You're in the Waiting Room · 40:44 · Recorded June 28, 2020

When You’re In The Waiting Room

Psalm 27:1–14 (CSB) 1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— whom should I dread? … 3 Though an army deploys against me, my heart will not be afraid; though a war breaks out against me, I will still be confident. 4 I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking him in his temple. … 6 Then my head will be high above my enemies around me; I will offer sacrifices in his tent with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to the Lord. 7 Lord, hear my voice when I call; be gracious to me and answer me. 8 My heart says this about you: ‘Seek his face.’ Lord, I will seek your face. 9…You have been my helper; do not leave me or abandon me, God of my salvation. 10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord cares for me. … 13 I am certain that I will see the LORD’s goodness in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord.”

1. Withstand your negative impulses.

Don’t give up, give in, or give out!

Isaiah 40:28–31 (NAS) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might he increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.

2. Anticipate a more positive outcome.

Lamentations 3:20–26 (NIV) “I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.”

3. Invite God’s mighty involvement.

Isaiah 30:18 (NRSV) Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.

Isaiah 64:4 (NLT) For since the world began, no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!

4. Trust in God’s timeframe most!

Hebrews 4:16 (GW) We can go confidently to the throne of God’s kindness to receive mercy and find kindness, which will help us at the right time.

When the idea’s not right – it’s “no.”

When I’m what isn’t right – it’s “grow!”

When the time’s just not right – it’s “slow.”

When all things are right – it’s “go!”

1 John 5:14–15 (CSB) This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of him.

  • When have you had to endure a difficult or frustrating“waiting room?” Where might you currently be in one?

  • Which of the points of the message did you especially identify with and relate to?

  • When has giving in to negative impulses due to impatience with things or people gone well for you? Gone terribly?

  • Read Psalm 27 through together. How has the Lord being your “light” and a “stronghold” given you confidence and security in your life journey? How are “seeking” and “waiting” on the Lord related? How are they different?

  • Note Psalm 27:9–11. Given David’s experiences of rejection, what’s insightful about his words in these verses? How do they encourage you?

  • What is the “big idea” from this message that you’ll be working on this week? How can your group pray for or support you in this?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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