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What are you waiting for? Hope
April 28, 2019

What are you waiting for? Hope

Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: What are you waiting for? | What are you waiting for? This seems like such an ordinary question. In our society, we are rushed and impatient. Yet, we get so focused on the now, so distracted by the whirl of activity and technology, that we procrastinate about the truly important things. We are living but it feels like surviving, rather than thriving. A quote from John Lennon’s song, Beautiful Boy, (which was originally attributed to Allen Saunders), says: Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. This is prophetic for our time. The sermon series, What are you waiting for? is designed to help us find the qualities which will lead to thriving, rather than simply surviving! The first sermon is entitled, Hope. Despite the many benefits of American society, there is a growing cloud of despair. How can the light of hope cut through these clouds? We turn to the ancient words of Isaiah 40:25-31. The people of Israel were staring into the pit of hopelessness! They felt that God did not care about them or the injustices that they were enduring! The prophet Isaiah spoke the words of strength and hope to a people who were exhausted and depressed! What are you waiting for? As you read the words of Isaiah, let them lift your mind and your sight to see a path to an enduring hope! Isaiah 40:25-31 25 “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. 27 Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall. 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV)

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