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Pastor Erasmus Makarimayi: The art of waiting upon the Lord

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Every human being is looking up to God for either a breakthrough, an answer to prayer, deliverance or salvation.

Knowingly or unknowingly, consciously or unconsciously, Christians and non-Christians, including Satanists and atheists, are waiting upon the LORD to manifest Himself in their lives.

Probably, you are looking up to God for a husband/wife, employment, house, car, healing or spiritual blessing. Whatever the case might be, you are expecting and hoping that the issues of your life will be solved and the mysteries demystified. Some have the staying power yet others cannot last the distance.

Some have high level of faith and trust in God that they are convinced that at the appropriate time, God will intervene.

Others go before the Lord with human timetables and targets which God is not signatory to and therefore not bound to execute.

I have met people that think that they care for their lives more than God cares for them.

There are Christians that think that God is the author of their failure.

Many have developed anger and bitterness at God and therefore opened a door for demonic entrance and manipulation and this has led many into the occult, witchcraft and Satanism.

The essence of Christianity is to hold on to God based on His promises in the Scriptures. The challenge however is impatience.

This is made worse by the world around us. We are discouraged and defeated by testimonies of others.

We see others marrying and wedding, getting promoted, acquiring houses and cars and we perceive and conclude that God does not care for us.

At times if your faith is being tested, the more you go to church, the more you get frustrated. Let not your conclusion be based upon what you see around you, but what the spiritual realm has for you.

The art of waiting is of immense importance to your faith in God and walk with Christ.

Whatever it takes, learn to wait upon the Lord. From a Zimbabwean viewpoint, you have experienced and endured queues one way or the other; in supermarkets, banks, bus termini, passport office to name just but a few.

Haven’t you ever joined a queue in a supermarket and thought that it was not moving fast and joined another one which you thought was fast enough only for it to slow down just as you joined it and you have not been humble enough to return to the original queue?

Waiting entails not changing goalposts. Remain positioned where God planted you. Don’t ever change from whatever you have trusted and believed God for.
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As a case study, let us look at King Saul of Israel, who lost the kingship for himself and his descendants because of impatience. Just after being anointed king, Samuel the priest instructs him to wait for him, I Samuel 10:8, (King James Version (KJV), “And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.”

Samuel took time to turn up and on the seventh day the enemy, that is the Philistine army, was so close and some of Saul’s soldiers began to leave him.

Saul panicked and then offered the sacrifices, a job reserved for the priest. Just as he had finished offering and just before the end of the seventh day, Samuel arrived. To cut the story short, 1 Samuel 13:13-14 (KJV), “And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which He commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee,” concludes the story.

Waiting means waiting.

Maybe you are contemplating giving up, please don’t. You will regret for the rest of your life.

I know you have kept yourself pure for 30 or 40 years and no one seems interested in marrying you, please do not surrender to a married man.

Probably you have waited for your house, car or job for long; I say keep waiting, you may be the next on line.

This is not the time to try witchdoctors. You have covered the greater part of the journey — don’t surrender.

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