The waiting room

wait my childIf God had a waiting room, what would it look like?  Would we sit there patiently, waiting for the door to open?

Would doubt whisper “did God really say that?”  or ask “what if it never happens?”  

Waiting demands perseverance.  Do we trust God when He is more interested in our character than our comfort?

It is written that perseverance produces character, and character, hope.  (Romans 5:3)

Hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”  Romans 8:24

Would we wait patiently like this guy from the NZ mainland cheese ad?

Or would we act like Beetlejuice?

Impatience in God’s waiting room

Romans 8-25Waiting …

Who likes waiting?

After the Lord had promised me a happy marriage some time in the future, He wanted me to wait.  The trouble was, I had trust issues.  I asked myself, why should He do that for me?  Still worldly and immature in my faith, I struggled with unbelief.

I’d want to go off and do things my way – with predictable results.

I believe how we wait depends on trust.  If we are religious we’ll obey to be accepted, not religious we’ll live as we please, and if we believe the Gospel truth about the Lord and His Kingdom we’ll be happy to be obedient.

At times, I lived as I pleased.   The Lord had to get me to a place where I knew I was accepted by Him and be secure enough to obey Him.

3waystoliveIn the next chapter, instead of trusting the Lord and staying by myself, I headed off into yet another relationship.  Fortunately, this relationship didn’t do me any harm, but I did invest a lot of emotional energy into something that wasn’t going to last.  Worse, I was not a good example as a follower of Jesus.  Would I do it again knowing what I know now? No.  I have learned its better to wait.  Just hang in there, and wait!  There is a promise that hangs in God’s waiting room;

eagle

Those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:31