We live in an instant society. We want what we want . . . and we want it now. Our modern day affluence and the industrial revolution have made it possible for us to scratch our impatient itch in virtually every way. Want coffee? In less than a minute, the Keurig has brewed you a cup. Want dinner? In 30 seconds, the microwave has nuked you an entree. Want communication? With two clicks you can be in touch with friends miles away via text message, cell phone, or email. Want to eat out? Hit a drive-through. The list goes on and on.
Our world has made waiting for something a problem to be worked around, not a reality to be embraced. Because of this dynamic, we struggle with a key component of the spiritual life . . . waiting on the Lord. Isaiah 40:31 famously states that, “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.” We humans LOVE this verse. We print it on t-shirts, plaster it on bumper stickers, and write it on greeting cards. It is fun verse to SHARE and it has an amazing promise attached to it. Our problem is NOT sharing this verse, it is in LIVING this verse. In order to live out this verse, we need to wait on the LORD.
In our lives, God has blessed us with enormous riches. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. He has promised us an eternity where there are no more tears, no more heartache, no more pain, no more struggle with sin. We have these promises, yet we live out our Christian lives today as people who must wait for many of these promises to be realized.
What does it look like for us (heirs of the King of King’s blessings) to live out a Christian life waiting for the Lord to make a reality all of our inheritance? We will dive into understanding this concept at Wildwood this Sunday as we wrap up our two part series from the life of Abraham entitled, “The Father’s Will: Understanding our Heavenly Inheritance.” This week we will be looking at Hebrews 11:13-16. Take a moment over the next few days to read this passage as you prepare your heart for worship. As you read, ask yourself the question . . . what does it look like to wait in faith? See you Sunday at 9:30 or 10:50 AM.