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Peace & Patience
Matthew 1, Isaiah 7, Galatians 4
One of the worst feelings is waiting, and especially when we are waiting on God. Sometimes we think God is not listening or doesn't love me but it may mean that God cares more than you know and the timing is not right to answer your prayer.
Matthew 7:7-8: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you For everyone who asks receives, the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
There are times when we ask that the answer comes quickly but often there are other times when we must seek to discover what God’s will is. The first promise of a Savior is found in Genesis 3:15. Isaiah 7:14 foretells the coming of Immanuel. Galatians 4:4-5: “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoptions as sons.”
There are 400 years of silence between the Old Testament and the New but God was working and a number of things occurred that prepared the way for the spread of the Gospel throughout the world such as a common language was established and roads built that made travel easier.
Examples of waiting are found throughout Scripture: Abraham waited 25 years for the birth of his son; Joseph waited 13 years before becoming ruler of Egypt; the lady with the issue of blood waited 12 years before receiving her healing; the crippled man waited 38 years before he was healed.
Waiting is not wasted. Isaiah 64:4: “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God beside You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him”
Remember: While you are waiting, God is working.