I preached this sermon, the fourth in our sermon series on God, Israel, and Elisha, at GGCF-Escario last Feb. 6, 2011.
Last Sunday, we learned three negative reasons why we should wait for the Lord in hard times. One reason is that if we don’t wait on the Lord, we resort to doing desperate things that we’ll regret later on. The second reason is that if we don’t wait for the Lord, we’ll resort to deceitful finger-pointing, blame somebody else, including God. The third reason is that if we don’t wait for the Lord, there will be divine judgment against our unbelief.
We now come to the three positive reasons why we should wait for the Lord.
God’s Test of Faith
The fourth reason why we should wait for the Lord in hard times is because God’s Test is Always a Test of Faith (6:31). Charles Swindoll says: “The wonderful thing about God’s schoolroom . . . is that we get to grade our own papers. You see, He doesn’t test us so He can learn how well we’re doing. He tests us so we can discover how well we’re doing.” In the ministry of Elisha in Israel, God gave Israel a severe test, which is actually a spiritual test of faith.1 That test included the siege of Samaria and a famine. God did not test Israel so that He can know how they would perform in the test. God tested Israel so the people of Israel can know how they would perform in the test. . . . more