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{\rtf1\ansi \deff0{\fonttbl{\f16\froman Times New Roman;}{\f8\fswiss Verdana;}{\f40\fdecor VAG Round;}{\f41\froman Symbol;}{\f42\fnil Wingdings;}{\f43\froman Wingdings 2;}}{\colortbl;\red0\green0\blue0;\red0\green0\blue255;\red0\green255\blue255;\red0\green255\blue0;\red255\green0\blue255;\red255\green0\blue0;\red255\green255\blue0;\red128\green128\blue128;\red255\green255\blue255;\red0\green0\blue128;\red0\green128\blue128;\red0\green128\blue0;\red128\green0\blue128;\red128\green0\blue0;\red192\green192\blue192;\red0\green0\blue0;}\margt601\margb685\margl864\margr864\viewkind1\ftnbj \sectd\headery172\footery685{\header \pard \tqc\tx4320\tqr\tx8640 \plain\f16\fs36 \chpgn \plain\f16\fs36 \par }{\footer \pard \tqc\tx4320\tqr\tx8640 \plain\f16 \par }\pard\qc \plain\f8\fs36 Why does God wait?\par \par \pard\qj \box\brdrs\brdrw15 \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul Isaiah 30:18-19\plain\f16\fs36 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. \par \par [19] For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. \par \pard \plain\f16 \par \par \qj \plain\f8\fs36 \par Being patient and waiting -- is not one of the things that I\'92m good at! -- I do try -\par \par If you were to ask my wife -- she would say -- It is not one of my strong points\par \par I could tell you some stories... --\par \par \tab Of course with two females in the house and most of the friends of those two females being females that stayed with us --- I was outnumbered -- most of the time!\par \par \par I like to be early -- or at least on time--- I hate to be late!\par \par There were times -- that I could no longer wait on Lyndajoy -- when she was a teenager -- trying to fix her hair!---- GET IN THE CAR -- WE ARE LEAVING NOW! --\par \tab \tab \tab \tab SHE WOULD CLAIM HOW HORRIBLE SHE LOOKED -- (THOUGH WE COULD NOT TELL) -- SHE WOULD CRY ALWAY TO THE CHURCH -- AND BE SO FRUSTRATED -- AND SAY SHE WASN\'92T GOING IN!\par \par \par \par \pard\qj \box\brdrs\brdrw15 \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul 2 Peter 3:9\plain\f16\fs36 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. \par \par \pard \plain\f16 \par \par \qj \plain\f8\fs36 Why does God wait? Why does He put up with all the wickedness?\par \par Ever have somebody say something to the effect -- that they just couldn\'92t believe in a God that would allow all the suffering, or wars, all the starvation, etc.\par \par Most all that is there because of sin!\par \par But if God judged it right now--------- sooooo..... many would be lost!\par \par so.... He waits -- and hopes -- on them and on us! (we need to pray, we need to intercede, we need to find the lost coin, or the lost sheep, or the wait for the Prodigal son)\par \par \pard\qj \box\brdrs\brdrw15 \plain\b\f16\fs32\ul Numbers 14:18\plain\f16\fs32 The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. \par \pard \plain\f16 \par \par \qj \plain\f8\fs36 \par \par \pard\qj \box\brdrs\brdrw15 \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul 1 Peter 3:20\plain\f16\fs36 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. \par \pard \plain\f16 \par \par \par \par \par \par \pard\qj \box\brdrs\brdrw15 \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul 2 Peter 3:9-15\plain\f16\fs36 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. [10] But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. [11] Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, [12] Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? [13] Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. [14] Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. [15] And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; \par \pard \plain\f16 \par \qj \plain\f40\fs36 But when it is time! Nothing can stop him -- No more waiting!\plain\f16 \par \plain\f8\fs36 \par \par \par \par \par \pard\qj \box\brdrs\brdrw15 \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul Psalm 78:38-40\plain\f16\fs36 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. \par \par [39] For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. \par \par [40] How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! \par \pard \plain\f16 \par \qj \plain\f40\fs36 \par \par \par \plain\f16 \par \ql \par \par \qj \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul Eccles. 8:11\plain\f16\fs36 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. \par \par \plain\f40\fs36 \par \par \plain\f16\fs36 \par \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul Isaiah 48:9\plain\f16\fs36 For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. \par \par \par \par \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul Genesis 15:16\plain\f16\fs36 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. \par \ql \plain\f16 \par \qj \plain\f40\fs36 God is talking to Abram -- How many years away -- is God talking about?\par \par long..... long..... time--- \par His name is still Abram -- not changed by the LORD yet!\par \par Why even tell Abram this stuff?\par \tab \tab Generations -- will pass -- before it ever happens\par \par \plain\b\f16\fs28\ul Genesis 15:1-21\plain\f16\fs28 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. [2] And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? [3] And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. [4] And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. [5] And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. [6] And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. [7] And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. [8] And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? [9] And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. [10] And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. [11] And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. [12] And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. [13] And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; [14] And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. [15] And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. [16] But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. [17] And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. [18] In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: [19] The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, [20] And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, [21] And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.\plain\f16 \par \ql \par \par \qj \plain\f40 \par \par \par \par \par \par \par \plain\f16 \par \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul Luke 13:7-9\plain\f16\fs36 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? \par \par [8] And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: \par \par [9] And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. \par \ql \plain\f16 \par \par \par \par \par \par \par \pard\qj \box\brdrs\brdrw15 \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul Romans 9:10-24\plain\f16\fs36 \par [10] And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; \par [11] (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) \par [12] It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. \par [13] As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. \par [14] What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. \par [15] For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. [16] So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. \par [17] For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. \par [18] Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. \par [19] Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? \par [20] Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? [21] Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? \par [22] What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: \par [23] And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, \par [24] Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? \par \pard \plain\f16 \par \par \par \par \par \par \par \par \pard\qj \box\brdrs\brdrw15 \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul 2 Peter 3:9-11\plain\f16\fs36 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. \par \par [10] But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. \par \par [11] Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, \par \pard \plain\f16 \par \par \qj \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul James 5:7\plain\f16\fs36 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. \par \ql \plain\f16 \par \par \pard\qj \box\brdrs\brdrw15 \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul Isaiah 30:18-21\plain\f16\fs36 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. \par \par [19] For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. \par \par [20] And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: \par \par [21] And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. \par \pard \plain\f16 \par \par \par \par \qj \plain\f8\fs36 \par \par \par \par \par \par \par \par \par \par \pard\qj \box\brdrs\brdrw15 \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul Hebrews 10:35-39\plain\f16\fs36 \par [35] Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. \par \par [36] For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. \par \par [37] For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. \par \par [38] Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. \par \par [39] But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. \par \par \pard \plain\f16 \par \qj \plain\f8\fs36 \par \par \par \par \par \par Why does God Wait? \par \par several reasons!\par \tab That someone will change -- will repent and get right!\par \tab So that none can ever say they didn\'92t have a chance!\par \tab That his name -- be glorified\par \tab That someone will intercede -- someone will pray\par \par \'93I looked for a man!\'94\par \par Jesus was the greatest intercessor --\par \tab he prayed\par \par \pard\qj \box\brdrs\brdrw15 \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul John 17:17-20\plain\f16\fs36 \par [17] Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. \par \par [18] As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. \par \par [19] And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. \par \par [20] Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; \par \pard \plain\f16 \par \par \pard\qj \box\brdrs\brdrw15 \plain\b\f16\fs36\ul Isaiah 59:1-2\plain\f16\fs36 Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: \par \par [2] But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. \par \par \pard\qj \plain\f40\fs36 Sometimes we get upset at the LORD -\par \tab \'93How can he take so long - How can he wait so long? But.....\par \par }