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Summer 2014 - Session 1

Streams in the Desert 
by L B Cowman
May 24

Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, 
at the very time God had promised him.  
~Genesis 21:2

     "The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations" (Ps. 33:11).  But we must be prepared to wait on God's timing.  His timing is precise, for He does things "at the very time" He has set.  It is not for us to know His timing, and in fact we cannot know it...we must wait for it.

     If God had told Abraham while he was in Jaran that he would have to wait thirty years before holding his promised child in his arms, his heart might have failed him.  So God as an act of His gracious love,  hid from Abraham the number of weary years he would be required to wait.  Only as the time was approaching, with but a few months left to wait, did God reveal His promise."  At the apponted time next year...Sarah will have a son" (Gen 18:14).  The "appointed time" came at last, and soon the joyous laughter that filled the patriarch's home caused the now elderly couple to forget their long and tiring wait.

     So take heart, dear child, when God requires you to wait.  The One you wait for will not disappoint you.  He will never be even five minuets behind "the appointed time".  and soon "your grief will turn to joy" (John 16:20).

     Oh, how joyful the soul that God brings to laughter!  Then sorrow and crying flee forever. as darkness flees the dawn. selected.

     As passengers, it is not for us to interfere with the charts and the compass.  We should leave the masterful Captain alone to do His own work.  Robert Hall

     Some things cannot be accomplished in a day.  Even God does not make a glorious sunset in a moment.  For several days He gathers the most with which to build His beautiful palaces in the western sky.

Some glorious morn~but when?  Ah, who will say?
The steepest mountain will become a plain,
And the parched land be satisfied with rain.
The gates of brass all broken; iron bars,
Transfigured, form a ladder to the stars.
Rough places plain, and crooked ways all straight,
For him who with a patient heart can wait.
These things wil be on God's appointed day:
It may not be tomorrow~yet it may.

Supporting Scripture:

Romans 4:19-20 He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb. 20. No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong andwas empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,

Hebrews 6:12 - In order that you may not grow disinterested and become [spiritual] sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith ([a]by their leaning of the entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the promises.

Hebrews 6:15 And so it was that he [Abraham], having waited long and endured patiently, realized and obtained [in the birth of Isaac as a pledge of what was to come] what God had promised him

Hebrews 10:36For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and [a]carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.

Psalm 18:30 As for God, His way is perfect! The word of the Lord is tested and tried; He is a shield to all those who take refuge andput their trust in Him.

Psalm 85:8I will listen [with expectancy] to what God the Lord will say, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints (those who are in right standing with Him)—but let them not turn again to [self-confident] folly.

Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life.

Psalm 119:116 Uphold me according to Your promise, that I may live; and let me not be put to shame in my hope!

Psalm 130:5I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I hope.

Isaiah 30:18And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!

Isaiah 49:8Thus says the Lord, In an acceptable and favorable time I have heard and answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you; and I will preserve you and give you for a covenant to the people, to raise up and establish the land [from its present state of ruin] and to apportion and cause them to inherit the desolate [moral wastes of heathenism, their] heritages,

Micah 7:7But as for me, I will look to the Lord and confident in Him I will keep watch; I will wait with hope and expectancy for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me

Glory to God in the highest!