Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and HE shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”
10 Minutes Too Long!
If a “shorter” sermon was offered, would each listener give greater Attention?
Would HIS gifts found in Scripture transition…to those who just came to keep Time?
As a babe in the womb HE develops, so a certain span must come to pass.
So a message uniquely delivered to one must not then be altered nor shortened…for some.
Else, half-written thoughts with a partial delivery will fill every church…with half-truths.
For what would we possibly learn if — mid-message — a pastor just concluded with prayer?
So, Self! Come expectant to hear from the LORD WHO is timeless and says, “Wait on ME!”
As HIServant reminded to wait on the LORD,
Devotional: Psalms 130:5 “I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in HIS WORD do I hope.”
Having been to a number of “Time-boxed Churches”, I see this pervasive trend to move solely according to Time…and not the Truths of GOD being fully shared.
Psalms 40:1 “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) I waited patiently for the LORD; and HE inclined unto me, and heard my cry.”
What if GOD showed us this example? You’re in mid-sentence, crying out for HIS touch, and…HE interrupts saying “You’re out of Time. Try next week!”
Being a pastor myself, I’ve learned to share as much as HE gives me. Also my constant prayer is, “LORD, strip away any foolishness I’ve written so that just YOUR Truth remains.”
Because after being given thousands of poems to scribe, I’ve gotten used to knowing when HIS input is done.
It’s the same with writing a sermon. On Spiritual Warfare, GOD blessed me with 3 sermons just on the Helmet of Salvation.
What if…what if someone at our church had said, “You preached on that last week. Next!” What if?
What would have been missed? Even if just for the one soul who watches the sermon online 10 months later?
We must challenge our own hearts as such. Do we come to hear from GOD just up to the point of our tolerance and schedule?
Or…are we willing to miss lunch, not see a movie, forgo some extraneous, spiritually less-important activity…and just wait on the LORD?
So if your pastor goes over 10 minutes, give grace because the message he first received is longer than your initial attention span.
Therefore let us join to recite Psalms 62:5. “My soul, wait only upon GOD; for my expectation is from HIM!”
Amen and amen!