In God’s Waiting Room
We don’t like that word, do we? Especially when it comes from the Lord.
All of us go through seasons of waiting due to chronic illness, singleness, infertility, an unbelieving spouse, prodigal children, unemployment, or unfulfilled dreams. In fact, waiting seems to be one of the Lord’s favorite teaching methods.
While we sit in God’s waiting room, we can let the Muzak get to us and give way to fear, doubt, despair, jealousy, and impatience. Or we can flip through God’s Magazine and learn how to trust Him, seek Him, and live in hope.
To get through those waiting times…
1) Trust in God’s character: God is good and He loves you.
2) Trust in God’s sovereignty: God is in control, and his ways are higher than ours.
3) Trust in God’s timing: God knows not only what is best, but when it is best. Do we really want to rush it?
4) Seek Him: Keep praying about your desire to make sure you’re seeking His will—not yours.
5) Hope: Wait eagerly and with confidence. God will do something good.
6) Prepare: Like the ten maidens waiting for the bridegroom with lamps full and wicks trimmed, we mustn’t wait in idleness.
The Lord may make us wait, but He leaves us with a beautiful promise: Isaiah 30:18: “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him.”
Sarah Sundin is the author of five historical novels, including On Distant Shores (Revell, August 2013). She lives in California with her husband and children, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Bible studies and Sunday school.
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