Cultivating a Willingness for Whatever Charlie Boyd - 5/8/2022 Ruth 3 Audio Sermon Notes (PDF) Ask a Question SERMON SUMMARYI think it’s safe to say that none of us like to wait. We don’t like waiting in long lines or in traffic (Especially, that five seconds when the light changes from red to green and the car in front of us just sits there!) We don’t like waiting in a doctor’s office or to hear the results of a medical test that could be a significant turning point in our lives. And, we don’t like waiting on God—waiting on God to work, to help, to answer prayer, or to show us the next step. We just don’t like waiting. But the truth is, the Christian life is essentially a life of waiting. Waiting tests our integrity. Waiting builds our faith. How so? Waiting builds our faith “if” we have the firm conviction that while we are waiting, God is working. And nowhere is this more clear than at the end of episode 3 of our story in the book of Ruth.SERMON SCREENSHOTS & KEY POINTSHow do you respond when you really want something so bad you can taste it? It’s so close you can almost touch it. You might even believe God wants you to have it, but there’s an obstacle in the path and you’re forced to wait. How does that make you feel? What do you do? Review from last week…In Episode 3, Boaz, Ruth, and Naomi are all exercising uncompromising faith. What does that look like?First, uncompromising faith is seen in Boaz’, Naomi’s, and Ruth’s integrity. Integrity is doing what is right even if it costs you.Second, uncompromising faith is seen in their willingness to wait for “whatever.” Uncompromising faith means cultivating a willingness for “whatever”—resting in whatever God chooses to do or not do–and that is hard. It usually means sleepless nights and being tormented by “what-ifs.” It can mean worry, anxiety, stress, frustration, and anger, especially when the obstacle in your path is another person who seems to be blocking the way.If you are in God’s will today, you can’t miss His will tomorrow.One of the most difficult lessons we must learn as followers of Jesus is to wait on God to work out the next step. How do we learn that?You have to have foundational beliefs—core beliefs—that anchor you to trust God with “whatever” outcome he has in mind for you. Core beliefs that convince you that His ways are always best. Here are what I call my “Core Beliefs.” I developed these years ago when I was a young pastor during a time when I felt stuck—during a time when I wanted things to happen that wasn’t happening—during a time when there were obstacles in my path that I could not remove and those obstacles were creating stress and anxiety and frustration in my life. Once I put them on paper, I cannot begin to tell you how many times I’ve gone back to these Core Beliefs in my 35 years of ministry.Core BeliefsGod is all-wise—What God has allowed to come into my life has purpose and meaning. I may not understand it, but he does.God is all-powerful—God is in control of all things. Nothing happens to me that he has not allowed.God is all-loving—What he has allowed is for my ultimate good. It is his highest expression of love to me. Therefore, I can trust him.God is all-satisfying—I have what God wants me to have for my present growth and enjoyment. If I don’t have something I want or think I need, it’s because, in reality, I don’t need it or God would provide it. He is enough.What are your Core Beliefs? What are the truths about God, life, and faith do you keep going back to that help you cultivate a willingness for whatever?*We are a church located in Greenville, South Carolina. Our vision is to see God transform us into a community of grace passionately pursuing life and mission with Jesus.