The Waiting Room
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
The world is fast paced and with savvy computerization of many tasks that were once loathsome and slow. There are numerous conveniences available to us today which have over time served to shorten our attention span and heightened our expectations of resolving situations in quick fashion. Most of us are not good at facing any circumstances where delays are common and highly inconvenient to our fast paced lifestyle.
There are delays at the airport due to circumstances of weather or safety which are out of our control. Delays are faced in physician’s waiting rooms or other health care facilities while others ahead of us are receiving the quality of care we expect when our turn comes. There are frequently delays in being served our food in busy restaurants. This dilemma often leaves many hungry and irritable towards the waitress who cannot hurry the order along in the slow-moving kitchen. Life is full of “waiting room” opportunities.
When we do not receive answers quickly enough to our prayers we often give up and quit praying. We even resort to indirectly accusing God of failing to act on our behalf in the situation at hand. Delays in answering prayer are not necessarily denials from the hand of God.
God often tests our faith and strengthens us in waiting times. He leads us along the narrow path and into the “waiting rooms of life” as necessary for our spiritual growth. If we desire answers and blessings from God, most often we have to persevere in pursuing after them, while listening closely for His response. God does not often choose to glibly hand out sought after answers or special blessings to those who seek them half-heartedly or with the wrong spiritual attitude.
Parents often use the same manner of tabling a child’s request until they know whether this child is truly sincere in his appeal and desire. This waiting period often helps to determine how important the request it is and how hard the child is willing to pursue it.
Yes, there are times when God answers our prayers immediately. He can even send the answer to our needs before we ask. Often we must learn the discipline of patience in the “waiting Rooms of life.” In all situations the Bible instructs us to continue on in prayer:
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV
The Bible also tells us to keep the power surging in our prayer life by keeping plugged into the real power source:
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
God often sets the answers to our prayers directly before us. Sometimes the answer we receive from God is not the answer we want to hear. This happened with Paul and removal of his thorn in the flesh, and Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Paul and Jesus both chose to continue in their suffering, choosing to remain in the will of God, eternally focused on Him, and not upon their immediate suffering surrounding them.
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
For Further Consideration:
Are you in God’s “waiting room” today? He does answer prayer to those who wait patiently for Him. Trust in God’s answers He always has your best interests at heart even when the answer seems insurmountable in your own eyes.