Diane Knaub – Waiting on God – Boring II, 2023

My thoughts begin in 2 Kings 6, verse 24 tells us that the king of Assyria, they go to Samaria and besiege it, surround it.

Verse 25 tells us there is a great famine in Samaria.

They besieged it until an ass’s head, a donkey’s head, was sold for between four and six hundred dollars.

And a handful of seeds, the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver, 40 dollars.

And a woman in verse 26, cries unto the king, Help, my lord, O king.

He says, in verse 27, out of the barn floor or out of the winepress he said, I can’t help you.

The barn floor is empty, the  wine press is dry.

So, the king after visiting with this woman, he declares that verse 31 concerning Elisha: Then said the king, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha shall stand on him this day.

So, in verse 32 Elisha’s sitting in his house, visiting with the  elders.

The king sends a man to get Elisha to slay him, to bring him and slay him.

Elisha knows it.

But verse 33 is what I’m thinking about: And while Elisha yet talked with them behold the messenger came down unto him, to Elisha, and says, Behold this evil is of the Lord; what should I wait for the Lord any longer?

Should we wait for God, any longer?

I think we should.

We wait for God, don’t we?

That’s the question.

It’s a question.

It has a question mark.

Should we wait for God?

Does God have a timeline or a deadline?

Is waiting for God like a project?

A start date and a finishing date?

Should we wait for God any longer?

We should.

Wait for God.

You give God a timeline, and then you give him a deadline.

And then you just say to  yourself, should I wait any longer for God?

Do we wait for Him?

Did you know that waiting is not a skill or a talent you were born with?

It’s not your oh so logical left brain.

And it’s not your passionate  right brain.

Waiting is one of trust’s greatest works.

It’s trust at its most powerful.

It’s believing at its most costly.

It’s timing at its most critical.

And it’s you at your most vulnerable.

It is not easy to wait, to wait on God.

So, this man says, I think we’ve waited long enough for the Lord, the Lord almighty.

Should we wait any longer?

So, he’s saying, I think I can do a miracle.

And I think I can take this  into my own hands.

I think it’s time that we take over.

Do you know what happens in chapter 7?

Chapter 7, verse one, Elisha says Hear ye the word of the Lord.

Tomorrow about this time.

A measure of fine flour of a shekel, pennies.

Two measures of barley for a shekel, pennies.

So much.

Abundance.

Affordable.

Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, Behold, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be?

And Elisha said, Behold, you will see it. But you won’t eat of it.

Can you wait 24 hours for God to do a miracle?

That’s what Elisha  said—tomorrow at this time, 24 hours.

Waiting is believing that when one door shuts, another door opens.

That’s what waiting is.

It’s just believing that.

It’s believing that while you’re waiting, God is working.

While you’re praying, God is  planning.

That’s what waiting is.

Wait 24 hours.

Might be different in  24 hours, because while you’re waiting, God is working.

It’s amazing!

Waiting is having the courage to put the brakes on your decision-making at this moment.

Just put the brakes on.

That’s what waiting’s all about.

It’s like bearing uncertainty on your shoulders and maybe sometimes carrying perplexity in your heart.

It’s having the courage to do that; and wait.

It’s you at your most vulnerable, your most uncomfortable because you’re waiting while God is working and you want to fix everything.

But can you wait 24 hours?

What can we wait?

24 hours?

Can you wait 24 days?

Could you wait 24 weeks?

That’s half a year.

Can you give something a half a year before you make your decision?

What; should we wait for God?

We should.

Did you know that this man  that said we’ve waited long enough, he lost his life the next chapter?

Because, it may be so hasty—decisions can be so tragic.

Waiting is believing that the windows of heaven can be opened; that God understands windows in heaven.

He knows how to open them.

That’s what waiting is.

This man lost his life the next day, 24 hours later, because he couldn’t wait for God.

He gave God a timeline and then a deadline.

I checked this story last night.

About a man who wanted to photograph, or take some videos of skydivers in formation.

So he’s fiddling, they’re in the plane, he’s fiddling with his cameras.

Depths and light and sun.

But the skydivers jumped before he was ready.

So he’s over there fiddling and there they’ve jumped and he needs to jump.

So he fiddles a little more and jumped… but he forgot his parachute.

So, you hastily try to get everything together, and everything just right in your fussing with details, when you just need to wait.

And be sure you get it right.

That’s what waiting is.

I’m almost panicking talking about it.

It is serious and I hope to prove that this year, that waiting on God might be  decision-making at its finest.

And it may be you at your most vulnerable.

But it may be also your finest hour that it could be said  that we waited on God.

And what?

Should we wait for the Lord any longer?

That’s what that question is.

And we just say, we do wait for God.

We wait for Him.

When our old mom was, I think she was 92 and anxious one day, and wondering what more she needed to do.

Donna was in Mom’s room, and Mom was anxious and wondering what more to do, And should she do anymore and what more?

Bonnie and her co-worker came to see Mom.

And Donna says ”Bonnie, well, Mom’s anxious today, she’s wondering what more she needs to do and what she should do and how to do it and what to do.”

And Bonnie says “Well, Evelyn, what were those five wise virgins doing?”

And Donna and Mom, they both say “What? Tell us quick because Mom is anxious.”

And Bonnie says, “They were just waiting.”

And Mom says “Waiting? Waiting? Is that enough?”

It’s enough.

It’s enough for an old woman to wait.

Wait on God.

Can Mom wait 24 more hours?

Should we wait 24 more hours on God?

We wait on Him.

It’s us at our most vulnerable and most uncomfortable.

And it’s God at His best.

For while we wait, He works.

While we pray, He plans.

That is God.

I like what it says—I like what happens in Habakkuk.

Because there are some questions Habakkuk has.

Chapter one verse 2: How long?

So how long?

We do puzzle that, don’t we?

How long?

Verse three: Why?

How long?

Why?

Verse 13 is the sense of Wherefore?

So now we have How long?

we have Why?

we have wherefore?

The end of verse 17 is the sense of When?

Why?

How long?

Wherefore?

and When?

And then in chapter 2, Habakkuk says, you know, I’m just going to stand here and just see what God says to me.

Because I’ve presented all these questions:

How long?

and Why?

and Wherefore?

and When?

and we say that, don’t we?

And so, the answer is Chapter 2. And so Habakkuk says: So that I will know what to answer when I am  reproved.

So he does feel like maybe he shouldn’t be so impatient, I’m not sure.

But the Lord says, in verse 3, For the vision is yet for an  appointed time, but at the end, it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it.

Do you believe that appointed times belong to God?

That’s part of our waiting.

That’s what an old woman does at the nursing home, named Evelyn.

Should you wait any longer, Evelyn?

You should wait.

Because appointed times, we don’t always have answers for how long and when and where and why, but God does, because while we’re praying, He is planning, while we’re waiting, He is working, and you’re at your most vulnerable and most uncomfortable, but it is God at His finest moment, it is God at His best who has answers and you carry perplexity sometimes in you, and don’t we all?

But we wait on God.

Because we don’t give Him timelines, or deadlines, a time frame.

We don’t give that to God.

That’s Him at His finest, and us at our most uncomfortable.

But should we wait for Him?

I think we should.

We should wait.

I like what happens in Isaiah 25. This is what you’ll say someday—this will be your testimony.

Isaiah 25 verse 8 and he (Christ) will swallow  up death in victory. And the Lord will wipe away tears from all faces. Verse 9 and it shall be said, in that day, Lo, This is our God; we have waited for Him and He will save us: this is the Lord; We have waited for Him.

You will say that someday.

Because you didn’t do anything hastily and without Him, you didn’t believe that waiting is God being  indecisive.

You waited for Him.

You trusted in your waiting, even though it is uncomfortable.

But you put the brakes on your decision-making, you let God throw a wrench into your planning.

And while all that is happening, you cling to God.

For the outcomes, you let Him be the decider of your outcome.

That is waiting—and the day will come when everything will be wrapped up.

And tears will be dried.

And, all rebuke gone.

And you will say to each  other, we have waited for Him.

Lo, this is our God.

Oh, who is this?

This is God.

We waited for Him.

Someone else will ask you, Who’s this?

This is God.

In our perplexity, at our most vulnerable; we said we would wait for this one called God Almighty.

And the one called the Lord  Jesus, who would swallow up death?

We said we would wait for Them.

We said, in our darkest hour, we said, when storm clouds hang low; we said, when we could not see the end from the beginning; we said, when we didn’t have all the answers; we said, when we were unsure of tomorrow  when we said, okay, we’ve got 24 more hours.

When all of that is said and done, we will say The best thing we ever did it wait for God.