“A church such as a church ought to be, consists of men who depend upon the Lord alone, for waiting signifies dependence. Their hope is in God. They rest in God’s righteousness as their righteousness, and they receive the great sacrifice provided by God to be their atonement and their acceptance. No man is really a Christian who finds his hope and confidence within himself; he must be looking out of himself to God in Christ Jesus. It is absolutely essential that it should be so. He that is God’s beloved is a believer in God; that is to say, a truster in God, a waiter upon God. His one sole confidence is in God his Saviour.”
“But waiting upon God means something more than dependence upon God; so I go a step farther: if we depend upon God our expectation is from him. We wait upon God as the birds in the nest wait upon the parent bird, expecting from her their food. Before she comes you hear their cries, and when she comes if you look into the nest you will see nothing but so many gaping mouths, all waiting, expecting to be filled by the mother-bird. Now, that is just what a church of God ought to be—a company of wide-opened mouths waiting to be filled by the Lord alone. ‘Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it,’ says the Lord. Do you not think that some churches, and some Christians, with very small expectations, have scarcely learned to open their mouths at all? . . . Oh, friends, let us expect more of God, and we shall receive more.”
“To make up waiting, I think there is a third thing, and that is patience—to hold out, and wait the Lord’s time and will. The three together—dependence, expectation, patience—make up waiting upon the Lord. This ‘patience’ is to the uttermost desirable in a thousand matters, that we may endure affliction, persevere in holiness, continue in hope, and abide in our integrity. Patience is the long life of virtue, and sets on its head the crown of experience.”
Brothers and sisters, let us wait upon the Lord! Acknowledging our complete dependence on Him, expecting great things from Him, and being patient in His good purposes and timing for our lives.
[Quotations taken from The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons Vol. 29, 1983]