GOD’S WAITING ROOM
I have a confession to make right from the start: “I am not a good “waiter”! I start out thinking, “it’s okay – I can wait.” Then, my mind goes to “what can I do to speed things along…” To, finally, “Are you kidding me! Let me take over and show you how to get things done.” And, that is when I totally mess up; bring more problems into my life; and have to wait even longer! I could easily be considered, not just a type “A” personality, but type “A+”! Over the years the Lord has mellowed me out, but even being over 60 years old – I still have struggles waiting on God’s promises to be fulfilled. I know that I know He will fulfill every promise – BUT, I just want it in my timing! I know it is hard to believe, but God does not consult with me on how He times things out. Can any of you relate? Do you check you spiritual wrist watch continually while waiting for God to fulfill a promise? I also need to ask, how are we supposed to act when we are in God’s waiting room? Do we just sit there? Snooze? Catch an attitude? Whaaaaaaat?
When we get impatient, our impatience affects us on all levels. Our blood pressure rises; our jaws tense up and we walk around looking like we are about to explode. (We can start to look like the proverbial disgruntled cartoon character.) We begin to talk “death”: “It will never come to pass… I will never be healed… Our finances will never turn around.” It is easy to become discouraged and even feel like giving up. Or worse, we take matters in our own hands, (like Abraham did with Hagar) and make an incredible mess!
On the other hand, waiting does not mean sitting with our hands folded, doing nothing! I believe that in these “waiting” times some of our greatest life lessons can be learned. But in order for me to learn these lessons, I have to be open to learning, making sure I have my spiritual ears on and my eyes wide open. The problem is, the doubting voices in my head become deafening and my gaze becomes so focused on the promise I’m waiting on, that I can’t see the Promise Keeper. With that being the case, what can I do to be a successful waiter? Here are some ideas:
- Keep our praise on! There is awesome power in Praise! We need to praise God in and through all situations… knowing that He has our best interests at heart; and resting assured that ALL things work for the good of those who are called according to His purpose.
- Stay in the WORD! The only way we can combat the lying voices of the Enemy, the World and even those voices speaking through our own doubt is by knowing and standing on the promises of God’s word.
- Surround ourselves with those who speak life – NOT DEATH! We are to “spur” each other onto good works… we are to encourage each other. The problem is, there are many Christians who choose to look at every negative possibility – and they are more than willing to give us their negative input.
- Seek Godly counsel. There really is safety in a multitude of counsel.
- Keep on Keeping on! Quitting is not an option. As Scriptures say, “do not become weary in well doing, for in due season we will reap, if we faint not.”
You may be like me… not the greatest waiter. But, if we apply scriptural principals while we are waiting, we will grow; we will be blessed; we will bless others; and, oh yeah, the promise we are waiting for, we will see it come to pass. It will come to pass in God’s timing and in God’s way!