Friday, July 1, 2016

Hagerman Bible Study, Waiting on God

Monday we listened to John Ortberg's Waiting on God. He first spoke about people not liking to wait. We don't like waiting in line at a tollbooth. We don't like waiting at a doctors office.
Using Romans 8:23-24 Ortberg went on to develop the theme of waiting as the destiny of Christians and the hardest work of hope.
The nation of Israel waited for the Messiah, but few recognized Him. Anna and Simeon in Luke 2:25-38 identified Jesus as the Messiah, Simeon even remarking, “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.”
Ortberg establishes that waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be, and that Biblical waiting is active rather than passive. It requires three things: patient trust, confident humility, and inextinguishable hope.
We talked among ourselves about being frantic and worrying. Amy mentioned that God is never frantic. I've reflected on this many times throughout the week. As a worrier, this understanding helps me discern God's voice from a host of chatter.
Ortberg finished with a discussion of Isaiah 40:30-31 speaking directly to me it seemed. He said some of us who wait on the Lord will soar, some of us will run and not grow weary, but some of us will simply walk and not be faint. Today I walk. Maybe tomorrow I will run, but today I walk.

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