In the Waiting Room
"Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord." Psalm 27:14
Do you find yourself waiting for anything today?
You may be waiting for a job or an important phone call. Maybe you're waiting for the pandemic or the election to be over. Perhaps you're waiting for a diagnosis, an apology, or the safe return of a loved one. Many are waiting for answers to prayer. And while none of us much like waiting, it is not trite but true that God is never late.
Reading through Scripture I am comforted by all the mighty warriors of faith who had to wait. Abraham and Sarah waited decades for the promise of Isaac. The Israelites waited forty years to enter the promised land. We could go on and on. And, as you read each story, you will find that they all struggled with the waiting, too--just like me and you.
Waiting isn't easy, but it is purposeful. It develops our character and trains us in ways we otherwise would not grow. It teaches us patience. The Holy Bible tells us in James 1:4, "And let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing."
So, what are you doing while you wait? Are you complaining like the Israelites in the desert? Do you remember where complaining got them (Numbers 14)? Or, are you busy making lemonade out of the lemons you've been given, like Joseph (Genesis 37-46).
There is one waiting room in which we dare not tarry, and that is the valley of decision. If you haven't made the decision to follow Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life, Scripture tells us that the day to make that decision is today, and the time to make that decision is now (2 Corinthians 6:2).
Joel 3:14 says, "Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. There the day of the Lord will soon arrive."
While you wait patiently for God's answers in other areas of life, please don't wait another minute before making the decision to trust Him with yours.