When you go see the doctor the receptionist says, “Please have a seat in the waiting room.” Although you’re ready to see the doctor, you’ve got to wait until the doctor is ready to see you. So you’re forced to sit in an uncomfortable chair, thumbing through outdated magazines, trying to pass time until the nurse calls your name. Everyone in that room is doing the same thing and that’s why it’s called the “waiting room.”
God also has a waiting room. When you are waiting for an answer to prayer, you’re seated in God’s Waiting Room. "Waiting on the Lord" is the gap in time between your prayer request and when God's answer arrives. During the delay, your faith is being tested simply because you don't know how long you will have to wait.
King David must have been squirming in his waiting room chair when he wrote, "How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart all the day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?" (Psalm 13:1-2)
When you are seated in the Waiting Room, nothing appears to be happening. You have no evidence that God is at work outside the four walls. You’re kept totally in the dark about what's going on. Everyone who has ever walked with God has spent time in the Waiting Room because this is where He stretches our faith and patience to new levels. What should we do while waiting?
1. Continue to pray. Although it seems like God isn’t listening, He is still hearing your prayers. Remember, it’s a test, and only a test.
2. Don’t complain. The longer you wait, the more tempted you will be to start complaining, and the waiting room turns into the whining room. Find ways to thank God even though you don't know what's going on.
3. Remove your deadline for the answer. Trust the Lord to bring the answer whenever He wants. Usually the delay simply means that the timing isn't right. Not everything is in place yet. When all the pieces of the puzzle come together then God will make it happen. "He has made everything appropriate in its time" (Eccl. 3:11).
The time will come when the nurse calls out your name and says, “The doctor will see you now.” Until that time comes, keep reading God’s Word while you wait. (Excerpt from Slaying Your Giants chapter 14, “God’s Waiting Room.”)
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