[I preached this sermon, “Waiting,” at NORTHchurch on May 26th, 2013.]
Here are the sermon notes:
13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.
Genesis 40:20-21, 23
20 Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand
23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.
When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream…
1. When you’re waiting, be working
“Faith Is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
2. When you’re waiting, know that God is working
God works things together for your good the most when you see it the least.
When what you don’t know scares you, rest in what you do know: God is on your side.
3. Waiting can be painful, but waiting is how God builds you.
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.