Today we had the good fortune of worshiping with and sitting under the preaching of our good friend Dr. David Field. He and his wife Sue are visiting our community from London. He used Isaiah 40 as his text, and I simply must give you a couple of tidbits from his sermon. Don’t expect this to even give the context of all of his remarks. (It’s rather like giving you a spoon full of the mashed potatoes without the rest of the meal, and without the British accent.) But here are a couple of things I thought were particularly practical and convicting.
We as a people are not good at waiting. We get tired of waiting, and we begin to think the Lord has forgotten us. This is true whether we are waiting to be married, waiting to have a child, waiting to find a job,Â waiting to be healed, or any other number of things. We want change and deliverance, and we want it now. We grow weary and faint-hearted in the waiting. Dr. Field called this kind of waiting an impatient self-regard. But God teaches us a new way of waiting that is a happy reliance on the Lord.
The second spoonful for you has to do with our view of sin. He was speaking about persecution or affliction as causes of our impatience. He told us that we should hate our own self-justification more than we hate the lies others are telling about us. We should hate our envy of other happily married couples more than we hate our unmarried status. We should hate our self-pity more than we hate our illness.
And finally, just one more. When we are weary and tired and weak, we need to tell ourselves the Lord’s Prayer or the creed.Â Just the opening few words should help us regain the right perspective: “Our Father Who art in heaven….”Â reminds us in Whom we have put our trust. “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth…” This should quiet our hearts and energize us. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint” (vs. 31).
In a few days I may be able to give you a link so you can watch and listen to the sermon yourself. And here it is for you. (Thanks, Daniel Foucachon!)