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We Need A Building!

Waiting sometimes makes us want to scream or really think, or how about the big T word….trust.  We have a good situation with the church.  We are overcrowded.  Although it has been tough, we have been blessed to pay off the mortgage and are now debt free.  Here is the opportunity and waiting on an answer is rough.  We need more property to build and the farmer next door has asked a fairly large amount for the ground.  So, do we take it for asking price and build a new sanctuary?  Or do we go elsewhere to build with more ground?  Waiting on God to tell us what to do.  Although we have asked the farmer numerous times to sell us five acres, he has refused every time except this time, and then tells us that he will only sell us four acres for a price far above asking price.  Could he be testing us to see if we really want it or could he be thinking that we won’t purchase it at that price, or did he just throw out a number?

Waiting on God can be frustrating and it requires much patience at times.  However God has a plan and when we try to figure it all out, well, it is not what we want or expect that counts.  God is in control and He will see it fit to open up the doors.  Is it faith trying, yes.  Do we get militant in wanting direction, yes.  Do we whine, plead and cry, yes.  Do we sit patiently and wait, yes.

We know that it is the will of God for His Kingdom to grow.  We know that His church is first and foremost, souls are very important, people to invest in are high on the list, reaching into the community is a must.  So, how can we do all this without a building to accommodate?  God wants us to have a church building big enough to supply the people’s needs, he wants us to minister, serve and give.  So now we wait. Although He hears us, He doesn’t always give the response we expect or the answer on our timetable.

While we wait, He strengthens.
As you are waiting for God, He strengthens you.  (Isaiah 40:31) New International Version (©1984)….but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
God strengthens us through all of this.  Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm; it simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm. When the storms of life come upon us, we can rise above them by setting our minds and our belief toward God. The storms do not have to overcome us; we can allow God’s power to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure, and disappointment into our lives. We can soar above the storm. Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we handle them.

As we wait, God will bless.
When waiting for God, He blesses you. “ (Isaiah 30:18) New International Version (©1984) Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! What does it mean to be blessed by God while we wait on Him? As we wait on God and His timing, He can accomplish so much in our hearts. Often we find new purpose in life, receive answers to prayer, see God work, increase our faith, and most often we see God’s perfect plan fulfilled in our situation. Remember, waiting is not wasted time, just a time to be  blessed and to grow stronger.

Ultimately then, waiting upon God protects us, deepens our trust in Him, forces us to seek His ways and brings Him the most glory.

Waiting on God is a crucial step in which our dependence upon God grows. Without this deeper awareness of God in our lives, God restrains Himself from giving us more grace. Blessing without humbling brings increased susceptibility to temptation. This is the reason growth comes with tests. Humility keeps us from pride which makes us selfishly ambitious where we would otherwise forget the Lord.

Waiting for the Lord is not easy. Our heart is often crying out in agony. We feel oppressed and constrained. We yearn for freedom and provision. Waiting upon the Lord for needed supplies is one common area in which He trains us. We have to be needy so that we are forced to look to the Lord for help. Our other resources are stripped away.

Waiting upon the Lord are times in which we do not have resources, answers, or direction. Instead we are often confused, poor, broken and limited. Our hope is focused on what happens after that season of humility, where we will experience a period of God’s blessing. If we live by confidence in our own resources and abilities, will we not become self-confident? What glory does that bring to God?! But through this process, God enables us to depend upon Him so that we know it is only He who does wonderful things in our lives.They are times the Lord is testing whether we are really seeking Him and His ways.

Prayer:  Lord, you increase your church daily, adding to the church daily.  You know our heart, you know we have your mind to do your will.  Open doors have come and you will provide and show us the answers as we wait.  Help us to understand everyday the whys and the waiting.  In Jesus Name.  Amen