Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Waiting on God!

  "And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward." Genesis 40:4
Joseph, the dreamer from the Old Testament, was the favored son of his father Jacob and the chosen man of God that would later save His people Israel. But favor usually draws haters, and the jealousy of his brothers landed him in a pit and ultimately into slavery in Egypt. His master Potiphar did like Joseph and put him in charge of his whole household. It was there that Joseph also found favor with Potiphar's wife, albeit ungodly, who desired to sleep with him. Long story short, Joseph resisted, Potiphar's wife lied, and Joseph found himself in prison. So much for being chosen of God. Joseph at this point had faced the hatred of his brothers, the desire of some of them to kill him, the bottom of a pit, slavery in a foreign land, and now a prison sentence for something he did not do.

But, just as in the way that only God can do, the Lord made the best out of Joseph's bad situation. Because of God's favor and his gift of interpreting dreams, the captain of the prison guards took a liking to Joseph and basically let him be in charge of the rest of the prisoners. Yet, he was still in prison. And it would be at least two years that Joseph would have to wait on God.

I have been in seasons of my life where one trouble was followed by another, and no matter how much I prayed, the only option God gave me was to wait. And I must say that the greatest testing of my faith has come in times of waiting. Waiting on an answer, waiting on help, waiting for the next stage...waiting on God.

But in my many seasons of waiting, I have also come to find that those times of the greatest testing of my faith have been the greatest times of the strengthening of my faith. Look at just a few of the many examples in scriptures. Noah built a boat while waiting for the rain in order to see God use him to save his family and civilization as we know it. Abraham had to wait for about 20 years to finally see the son God promised him be born. Mary and Martha had to wait on Jesus so they could see their brother Lazarus raised from the dead. Joseph had to wait in prison a couple years before who saw God elevate him to second in command in all of Egypt so that he could save his family from famine.

So how long you been waiting? Maybe God is using this time of waiting to prove to you what the Prophet Isaiah said, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength..."(Isa. 40:31). I know the wait gets hard, and you may feel like your faith can't pass the test. But be encouraged that you don't have to wait alone. God is always with you. And also know that no matter how long it has been, God is always worth the wait!