WAITING ON GOD
“We call Abraham ‘father’ not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Abraham was first named ‘father’ and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do” (Rom 4:17-18 MSG).
GOD didn’t allow CHRIST as the Son of Man to master His life. JESUS said this about Himself: “I can do nothing on My own initiative” (John 5:30 NASB).
To conform myself to CHRIST requires that I live like CHRIST. The Apostle John records JESUS Himself telling how He did it: “Jesus replied, ‘The Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing, and in the same way” (John 5:19 TLB).
CHRIST lived from day to day, from faith to faith. He had to make His own decisions. But He did not depend on His flesh. Isaiah rightly prophesied about JESUS: “He will not judge by the way things look or decide by what he hears” (Isa 11:3 NCV).
“Waiting on God is an active life based on confidence in his presence and promises. Waiting is your calling. Waiting is your blessing. Every one of God’s children has been chosen to wait, because every one of God’s children lives between the ‘already’ and the ‘not yet.’ Already this world has been broken by sin, but not yet has it been made new again. Already Jesus has come, but not yet has he returned to take you home with him forever. Already your sin has been forgiven, but not yet have you been fully delivered from it. Already Jesus reigns, but not yet has his final kingdom come. Already sin has been defeated, but not yet has it been completely destroyed. Already the Holy Spirit has been given, but not yet have you been perfectly formed into the likeness of Jesus. Already God has given you his Word, but not yet has it totally transformed your life. Already you have been given grace, but not yet has that grace finished its work. You see, we’re all called to wait because we all live right smack dab in the middle of God’s grand redemptive story We all wait for the final end of the work that God has begun in and for us” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, Mar 2nd).
CHRIST made no decisions on His own. He simply went from moment to moment obeying His FATHER. Likewise, GOD did not create me to become independent of Him. “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven” (John 3:27 NKJV).
“So we wait and act. We wait and work. We wait and fight. We wait and conquer. We wait and worship. Waiting on God is an action based on confident assurance of grace to come” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, Mar 2nd).