Wait! Trust! Act!

Three terms are excellent guides for applying Biblical, Christian faith –  wait, trust, and act,  a trio-of-faith qualities.

Have you noticed that there is a lot of 

WAITING in the Scriptures.

Abraham had the promise of a son, but would have to wait for 25 years before Isaac was born. Like Adam and Eve, Abraham died before he would see 1) how all the nations on earth would be blessed through him and, 2) that his family would inhabit the land. He had to wait, trust, and act.

Israel would have to wait for 400 some years before being rescued from Egypt and returning to the promised land. They had to wait, trust, and act.

Israel would have to wander 40 years in the wilderness – more waiting, trusting and acting – before entering the land.

Depending on with whom you begin, various heroes of faith would die and return to the LORD before the coming of the Savior. Even Simeon (Luke 2:25-35) who was waiting for the consolation of Israel would have to wait years before seeing the promised Lord as a baby.

Current Believers also WAIT

Christians today also wait on the Lord, especially for Christ’s second coming. We know that God is active in our day to day lives, but we do not always see his obvious actions. The vast majority of life seems normal rather than miraculous. Our Lord’s actions more often are whispers rather than earthquakes, Holy Nudges rather than divine intervention. As we wait for God’s activities today and for the second coming we need to apply the same trio-of-faith – wait, trust, and act.

As we wait on the Lord apply TRUST in the Lord.

A connected truth and result of faith is trust. By faith we trust that Jesus is our Savior. By faith we trust that Jesus is with us at all time. By faith we trust that God’s will is best. By faith we trust that the LORD will do as he promised. By faith we know that the LORD is with us, even if we do not often or obviously see His actions.

Times of waiting can be used by Satan

to discourage trust of God.

As we wait for long periods, our days can seem so normal that our relationship with the LORD does not seem vital, relevant, or real. Our daily lives, our economy, our recreation, our chores, our mind and our own heart become more important than the LORD and Jesus’ death on the cross.

As we wait for long periods we are tempted to make the world a higher priority than the gift of God’s righteousness and the importance of the Scriptures. We are tempted to think, “I can think about God later,” but later never comes.

Long periods of waiting can make life seem to be always the same and discourage Christian alertness. Then we are tempted to take the Lord for granted. We are tempted to speak about God and about Jesus, but not really be concerned about what the LORD’s grace and His Will. Easily we focus on our way in the world rather than on Christ.

Do not allow waiting to cause loss of heart or trust. Rather, as we wait, trust the LORD.

  • Even if the period of waiting for the Lord seems long, consciously know that we can trust the LORD.
  • Even though it may seem that the LORD is not active, we know we can trust the LORD and that he is active.
  • Even though enemies surround us on every side, we know that we can trust that the LORD is stronger.
  • Even though many people desert the Christian faith, we know that we can trust the LORD and stand firm.
  • Even while life may seem normal, even boring, we know that we can trust the LORD who rules everything for the good of his people and kingdom.

As we wait and trust, also ACT.

By grace the LORD has made us his people and we want to live as God’s people. Every day is meant to be a combination of …

1) our faith in action,

2) our faith in humble repentance for when we have not acted according to the LORD’s will,

3) trust Jesus as Savior and Lord, and

4) our faith back in action. We are God’s people and will do good (Ephesians 2:10). Righteous actions are part of the living sacrifice that Paul spoke about in Romans 12:1,2.

We are the LORD’s redeemed people, precious and loved by the Triune God. We are souls that have been hard-earned by Christ Jesus on the cross when he suffered the guilt and punishment that our sins deserved.   We are God’s children created for good.

We Wait: 20 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name (Psalm 33:20,21).

We Trust: Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal (Isaiah 26:4).

Paul aptly said about Christian action, 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers (Galatians 6:9,10).

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