In the Waiting Room (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 331)
Hebrews 6:15 (NLT)
Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.
When family and friends gather at the hospital for the birth of a child, what is the scariest part? The exciting part is that a new bundle of joy is on the way. But the scary part is waiting, in the waiting room, expectantly hopeful and shaking with nerves. And a large part of being a child of God is exactly like that — standing, sitting, on our knees waiting hopefully, and sometimes not as patiently as we should.
Sometimes in the waiting room, we feel like we’re all alone. We feel like God has forgotten about us, like he’s not listening to our prayers, like he doesn’t get what we’re going through, like there’s no light for the step we’re on, much less for the next step or at the end of the tunnel. Believe me, you and I aren’t the only ones in the waiting room. Billions of believers have entered and even stayed awhile in God’s waiting room.
Maybe you’re waiting on something right now — waiting for a job, waiting on a spouse, waiting to have children, waiting to reach your goals, waiting to get into your dream school, waiting to move, waiting to be understood, loved, and valued, waiting for an answer to your prayers. You need to know one thing, God has not left you to wait alone. He sees where you are and He knows the plans He has in store for you. He just wants you to wait patiently and believe that you will receive His promises.
All throughout Scripture, people waited in faith. Moses spent 40 years on the back-side of the desert before he led the Israelites to the Promised Land. Joseph spent 14 years in prison for something he did not do. Noah waited 120 years before he saw it rain. David spent approximately 15 years as a fugitive before he was officially crowned king of Israel. Jesus came to earth thousands of years after it was promised he would come. Waiting patiently is an important part of our character and faith development.
God is in no hurry to bring about his promises. He trusts himself and is worthy of our trust as well. He keeps his promises and at the appointed time when he gets ready to do so, he will give you the job you desire, you will find the perfect spouse, you will move into your dream home or be accepted to your dream school, you will reach your goals, and God will answer your prayers. “Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.”
“As I look back on my life, I understand now that there were some very important moments when my unanswered prayer was actually God’s greatest blessing.”
— Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson