In our Christian walk, we often notice that there is a difference between our days of thanksgiving and our times of trial. There is a confidence when we are inside the four walls of the church, but when the crisis comes outside of the church, many times our faith is shaken.
In Acts 14, we see that it is through tribulation and trial that you enter the Kingdom of God. Consequently, the presence of a crisis does not indicate missing God’s will for your life. Rather it is an opportunity to grow.
What do we do between what happens in the church and crisis hits?
- Wait – (v. 14a – Wait on the Lord)
Waiting in this context is not a twiddling of thumbs, waiting on God to move. Rather, it means to have an eagerness and expectation that God will manifest His promise.
While waiting we should be
- Studying God’s Word to learn what He says
- Declaring God’s Word
- Consistently worshipping Him
- In prayer
“Waiting is a discipline.” – Pastor Ferne Sapp
2) Be – (v. 14b – Be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart.)
Be firm, be fixed, be strong, and God will strengthen you.
“You hold on, and God will hold you up. You show up, and God will show out.” – Pastor Ferne Sapp
3) Wait – (v. 14c – Wait, I say, on the Lord!)
We are being encouraged to continually wait. Don’t move ahead of God.
How long do I wait?
Wait until you see God bring the manifestation of what He promised you.