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Wait for the Lord - Sunday, May 6th, 2007

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.”
Psalm 27:14

Today is May 6th. Finally, today has arrived. I have been waiting for this day for quite some time. Why? Because for some reason this was the day that was up in the air for weeks. It was the date that we couldn’t get solidified. It was the date always empty on the website. Originally, I asked a rabbi of a local Messianic synagogue to preach on this night. I received a decline. And it was the only decline that I received in which I wasn’t at peace about. I felt that this individual simply didn’t understand what we were asking or maybe it wasn’t properly communicated. Either way, I believed with all my heart that this rabbi (who believes in Jesus Christ) was a key member of the 40-day tent revival. And after spending some time with him and others in a prayer gathering, I was utterly convinced of this belief. But instead of addressing the decline with him, I graciously said, “Thanks for considering.” It was the only person I was personally disappointed because he declined.

Well, then a couple of days later, I received an email from his son-in-law who was the rabbi of evangelism at the same Messianic synagogue. Apparently, the son-in-law was wiling to preach on May 6th. I thought, “Great. This synagogue is back in the picture.” I was thankful for this individual who was willing to preach. Yet, at the same time, I still thought he wasn’t the appropriate fit. My “gut” told me it wasn’t the synagogue that needed to get involved, it was the father-in-law. I couldn’t explain this feeling, except I believed the father-in-law was the one who was suppose to preach INSIDE THE TENT. And please understand me correctly, I am not downgrading the son-in-law. Because trust me, if you had a conservation with this man of God over the phone, you would hear his passion for Christ within 10 seconds. His love for the Lord is full of zest and contagious.

But there was still something that I couldn’t put my finger on. And I didn’t know how to address these thoughts and convictions. So I just waited on the Lord. And thankfully, God heard my plea. It says in Psalm 40:1, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.” How so? Well, the son-in-law was sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and called me a week later. The son-in-law said that he felt God leading him not to speak on May 6th. He said that there was someone else who was to take his place. He didn’t know who, but he felt impelled to decline the invitation, even after he had already accepted. The son-in-law was even willing to come and participate as an attendee on the 6th, but not as the preacher. Immediately, I knew who I wanted to ask ~ his father-in-law, the rabbi.

So with the help of another local pastor, my desire was conveyed to have him speak once again on Sunday, May 6th. And what do you know…he accepted. Praise the Lord!

Too those from outside the tent, no one would know the time and effort, and prayer spent over this date. But sometimes to see the Lord work, we need to be patient. The psalmist said, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.” Answers won’t necessarily be granted in one day’s time. Sometimes they are, but not always. Therefore, we need to place our trust in Him at all times. We need to recognize that God is in control of all situations. And as I wrote to someone in an emai late last nightl, “We need to wait with ‘confident’ expectation.” Or another way to express how to wait on Him, is to place our “hope” in Him. Because as one commentator wrote, “To hope in God is to wait for His timing and His action.” You see, as I waited for who the Lord would bring on May 6th, I knew the Lord would provide. I just needed to wait with confidence. And thankfully, He graciously responded. For after scenarios like these, I am confirmed more and more, that when we wait upon the Lord, God will reveal Himself. And on May 6th, I believe will be one of those nights.
- klm

" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan