Week 8 – Waiting
If there is one thing that and the ministry of Windermere has taught me is you have to do a lot of waiting. We wait for contracts, we wait for calls, we wait for deliveries, we wait for donations, we wait for guests, etc.
If I were to reveal my biggest frustration – it is waiting. I feel like I am doing nothing. In human terms waiting is a negative thing. Recently I was studying Psalm 37:3-6 –
Trust in the Lord and do what is good;
dwell in the land and live securely.[a]
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and He will give you your heart’s desires.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in Him, and He will act,
6 making your righteousness shine like the dawn,
your justice like the noonday.
In God’s economy, waiting is not a negative concept. Waiting means we abide and rest in Him. The principle found in this passage is simple – wait actively and act dependently.
How do we wait actively? Look at verse 3-5. First we should seek God’s will with all our heart (v.4). We should be happy about knowing God. That is why we were created. Second, we should always do what is right (v.3a). Look for opportunities now. The word “wait” means making your life congruent with God’s life. Third, carry your faith with you (v. 3b). In other words, be faithful actively where you are. Finally, continually make your trust in Him, (v.5a). This verse reminds me of Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.”
How do we act dependently? Look at the phrase in verse 5b, trust Him and he will act. I think there is danger when we act dependently on the Lord BEFORE knowing God’s will and then independently AFTER we know God’s will. Sometimes we can just grab the baton and race off. We need to abide and rest in God at all times.
Lord help us all to wait actively and act dependently.
pray this weekend. We are hosting about 40 local church ministers and pastors to retreat at Windermere. We are so excited to meet them. Nearly all of them have never been to Windermere. Pray boldly, that these church leaders will be motivated to bring their groups to Windermere!
Join the dozens that making an extra $100 a month gift to Windermere. How can you give? There are three ways you can make a tax deductible donation to Windermere –
- You make your check out to Windermere Baptist Conference Center
- You may make a donation by credit card by going to our website – Go to logosconnect.com
- You can donate an investment such as stocks, CD’s, etc. It is a simple process. Just give us a call and we can walk you through the steps.
It is always a pretty day at the lake.