|Don't freak out completely! Yes this is a sermon and it's Biblical. Just be patient. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Let this be a comma in you day.
A comma is a punctuation mark used in the structure of a sentence. The purpose of the comma is to show a place where a pause is needed. My central point is that God has used & uses today pauses in the lives of his children.
We all know the life of Moses. He was born in Egypt, raised in the Pharaoh's house by Pharaoh's daughter, killed an Egyptian, and ran to the back side of the desert for fourty years. This was a pause in the life of Moses. This was a comma in the sentence of Moses' life. Was Moses prepared to confront the Pharaoh at the time he ran from Egypt? No! He was a murderer being sought. God used this pause/comma to prepare Moses for the task ahead. Yes it was forty years, but it takes time to prepare a man to face the most powerful ruler on earth, to make demands of that ruler, then to lead many thousands of people into a wilderness. Have you ever tried to lead just ten people? It doesn't take long before a fight arises.
David was another example of having to wait on God. He was anointed to be king while Saul was still king. Psalms 27:14 says "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." David had to be prepared during this time to lead God's chosen people. He was an anointed king, but not ready to rule. David tells us in Psalms 62:5, "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him." David knew God was preparing him, working on him and his expectation was in God. David knew his future was in God.
Solomon tells us in Proverbs 20:22, "Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and He shall sae thee." Romans 12:19 says, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." Pause and wait on the Lord when you are tempted to repay evil with evil.
Isaiah gives us probably the best known verse about waiting. In Isaiah 40:31, "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." This sounds great to me. If I will but wait on the Lord, I will have renewed strength; I can work with renewed energy & stamina. Why push forward under our own power? We don't have within us what it takes to accomplish the job, but God will provide all we need if we simply wait on Him and follow His leadership.
In the New Testament, Jesus told his disciples to tarry, or wait, as he went to pray. Matthew 26:38, "Then saith He unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me." Jesus was simply asking them to wait for Him, but to be busy watching and even praying.
The last example I will use is the instruction given to the early church. In Luke 24:49, "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." There are many other examples of those called by God having to wait: Paul, Elijah, etc. Each had to wait before becoming active in the task God had for them.
Why was it necessary for each to wait? There are many different answers to this question but one answer can cover each. God had something to perform in their lives before they were ready to do His work. Some had to be taught, some had to wait until obstacles could be removed, but God had to work in their lives before they were ready to serve. None of these people simply sat down & did nothing. Have you ever heard someone give the excuse for inactivity, "I am waiting on the Lord"? If God has called you to preach His word, you might have to pause to get an education. If He wants you to be a church leader, then your pause may include education & many steps with increasing responsibility. I don't know for sure when God first started dealing with me about preaching His word; but for years, He has been preparing me. I have been acquiring books & reading for many years. I have been involved in work that has taught me much about dealing with people in emotional situations or under great stress. I may still be waiting. He is still working on me, so He is preparing me for even a greater work. I thank Him often even before I roll out of bed for not giving up on me & for continuing to work & mold me into the image of His Son Jesus.
Does God want you to take a pause? If He does remember there is more of the sentence of your life to follow. A pause isn't the end only a time set aside to prepare you for the next step. Are you happy where you are? Are you doing all you ever want to do for God? If you answered yes to these two questions, then a comma isn't necessary in your life. If you desire to be closer with, do more for, & have a more intimate relationship with God, then don't be surprised if He asks you to step to the sidelines for a rest, a wait, a pause. Don't get frustrated, you will soon be back in the game & this time with a greater responsibility.
I played basketball many years ago. The coach would, at times, take me out of the game to instruct me; give me a new play. When I went back into the game, I had more to do & a better opportunity to score. Do you want to score for God? Allow the coach to give you a break. When He puts you back into the game, you are strengthened & can run and not grow weary.
The comma in our lives is just a Godly pause to prepare us for the next part of our life's sentence. Ask God for the opportunity to serve in a greater way; but, don't be surprised if He doesn't give you a pause before putting you into a new work.
|IMPORTANCE OF A COMMA
by Don Huffaker