Today I want to teach you a phrase that is prominent in God talk: Appointed time.

Sermon Notes from Morning Worship
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Series: “Facing the Unknown”
Today: “God’s Timing”

Scripture:  Genesis 17:21-22 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” 22 When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.

Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Psalm 33:20 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.

Intro:  Today I want to teach you a phrase that is prominent in God talk:        Appointed time       .

Genesis 18:14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.”

A.   The Hebrew word for “appointed” indicates the       sacred season     ; the divine moment when God says “Now!”

B.   Did you know that God never does anything, great or small,      haphazardly     ?

I.         REJOICE        WHEN GOD SAYS NO!

* If God wasn’t      good      — all the time — He might say yes and let us miss His best.

II.         WAIT        WHEN GOD SAYS YES. 

A.   There are very few examples of God’s yeses being        immediate      !

B.   God’s yes is placed in His Divine      planner     — given an appointed time.

Psalm 139:16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

* Wait expectantly—anticipating the appointed time.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

C.  God’s waiting period has     purpose     .

 Acts 16:6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.

* Paul and Silas were      delayed       by a time in prison. A jailer and his family were all saved.

Conclusion:  How do we know the no from the yes — from the wait?

* Most of the time we      can’t       discern God’s answer unless it’s an immediate yes.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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