St Wilfrid's C of E Academy - Devotional Blog - Expectations

Posted on: 4th September 2018

“And he [Jesus] was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he opened the book, He found the place where it was written…”
Luke 4:17

Expectations. What are yours this year? Do you have any? Are you ready to face the new term?
It was lovely to start the new year as staff with a Eucharist service at St Luke’s with Rev Cath Brooks. Her message was both inspiring and challenging. In Luke 4, Jesus picked up the scroll for that day and found the scripture that declared that the spirit of the Lord was upon him for a purpose. This heralded the start of Jesus’ mission on earth.
Maybe if you are a new member to the Saint Wilfrid’s family then this is the start of your mission. Maybe you have been around for a while but this could also be your time to take on the challenge to live out a new calling or mission.
Whatever stage you are at, we pray that this year is one that you experience and recognise the favour of God in your life.
Maybe this could be the year of the Lord’s favour for us all. Remember too the challenge from Rev Cath; If God was to show you favour this year, what could you see happen?

Hearing the Call – Patience

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”   (Isaiah 40 v 31)

Wait. (Verb) To remain in readiness for a purpose.

Patience. (Verb) the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.

There are certain periods with the Christian calendar that are all about waiting; Lent & Advent to name two. However, throughout the bible there are many powerful verses that suggest that Christians are to consistently be waiting. Waiting on God.

  • God has the perfect timing for things to happen – Isaiah 60 v 22 & Ecclesiastes 3 v 1
  • Waiting on God brings fruition – Psalm 37 v 7
  • Waiting on God brings deliverance and answer to prayer – Psalm 33 v 20 & Psalm 38 v 15
  • Waiting on God gives you strength – Isaiah 40 v 31

As the dictionary’s definition above suggests, to wait is to remain in readiness for a purpose. That is what Christian’s do, wait on God their greater cause, as their guide, their prompt and their light in their life.

Charles Spurgeon says it best like this:

“Stand still” – keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.”

If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people.

What are you waiting on this week? If God was to call, would you be ready? Are you waiting with nerve or patiently knowing God has the perfect time for all things in and under heaven?