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In the Waiting

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In the Waiting

Mike Popenhagen

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Isaiah 40:31
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

What do we have to remember in the waiting?


1. Don’t grow weary.

Galatians 6:9
9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

2. You’re in good company.

3. God is always working.

1 Peter 4:12-13 
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

How do we respond to tests?

1. With what we say.

Proverbs 18:21 
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.


2. With how we wait.

Romans 8:22-25
All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

3. God is for you.