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Finding Grace in a Graceless World

Sunday, 7th February 2016

Pastor Randall Worley

It’s not until we risk some things to see what’s unable to be done that we can discover what can be done. Nothing significant has ever been accomplished by a realistic person.

Psalm 25:1-5

Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong.

In the scripture, it says “to wait”. We often don’t like to wait. But what happen in us while we wait is actually as important what we are waiting for. When David was anointed by Samuel, he might be excited and looked forward what is coming, but he actually had a long process of waiting until the prophecy came to reality. Always in the Bible, when someone received a promise from God, there is always waiting.

In the Book of Israel, it says that those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. All the things we experience during the waiting time are helping us to get ready to receive the promise. Often, people will become jealous of what God has given for us, but more or less, they are actually jealous for God’s gifts for them. Pastor Randall encouraged us not to try explaining ourselves because we can never fully please everybody. And while we are trying to justify ourselves to others, we are prolonging our waiting time to receive promise from God!

While we are waiting, God teaches us how to be thirsty. God lets things chase us so we will run to Him. It was not until David was anointed the third time, that he finally perceived God’s promise for him as the king. It’s been a long and hard process, where he went through battles and trials, almost 20 years after Samuel anointed him at his father’s house.

God is our anchor. He knows how easy we can be deceived by the world and by ourselves. We often ask, “how much longer do I have to wait?” But when we are asking this, we are actually make the waiting time longer. Like the pebbles in the river, waiting for David to pick them up and fight Goliath, how long did they wait to be washed by water and becoming round and smooth? How long have we been waiting? Pastor Randall encouraged us that the longer we wait, the greater God will make us become.