Isaiah 30:15-18 – The Lord longs to be gracious

Isaiah 30:15-18 – The Lord longs to be gracious

Isaiah 30:15-18

People are more and more impatient with the issues of life and with each other. The world is impatient. When people are I trouble, they want immediate deliverance. Our text is based on a situation of impatient people wanting to know why God is waiting to act. Isaiah was a prophet to the tribe of Judah. The Assyrians have already conquered the Northern tribes of Israel and they believe they are next. Who wouldn’t want immediate help? God had every intention of helping them but note v. 19.

To such a time, the prophet addressed these words, encouraging them to believe that God was not unmindful of their case, but was waiting that He might act more graciously towards them than He could by answering them at once.

The word “wait” in the Bible is used to describe someone waiting on a king or someone lying in wait. There is a third usage of wait. It is the attitude of a soul God-ward. It implies the listening ear, a heart responsive to God “Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you” (Prov 20:22). We have been called to be a WAITING PEOPLE. “Blessed are all they that wait for Him” v.18

What are the blessings learned for those who wait?

1. We learn about the nature of God. When you say, Lord, I want to know you better, God might just see if you really want to learn. David said in Psalm 40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord… Psalm 52:9 .”…in your name, I will hope, for your name is good. The name of God tells His attributes. A time of calm, serious contemplation of the nature of God is an essential to waiting upon God.

While you are waiting, think of God’s

` Compassion – for His compassion never fails. Lam. 3:22

Faithful – For the Word of the Lord is right and true: He is faithful in all He does. Ps 33:4

Just – The works of his hands are faithful and just. Ps. 111:7

Mercy- Remember, oh Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from old. Ps 25:6

2. We learn about ourselves. It is in the time of waiting that we find our strength and weaknesses.

Faithfulness We learn to stop complaining “How long must your servant wait?” Ps. 119:84

Everyone must wait upon God.

Feelings It is the attitude of the soul. It will increase your spiritual strength.

3. We learn about each other.

This is where the community of believers can help or hinder.

Heb. 10:24 “ Let us consider how to spur one another on toward love and good deeds”

Ver. 19. “He will be very gracious unto thee.” – (to those that wait).

Lessons for Life

1. When God says wait, be content in His reason. We are not always told why?
2. When God says wait, be confident in His timing. The faith life is a long journey.
3. When God says wait, be confident in His greater grace. “He longs to be gracious to you”

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