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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Waiting for God”
One of the hardest things we can do is wait. If there’s one thing we probably hate more than anything else, it is waiting.
Waiting is not our forte. We see this in our society where fast food, remote controls, and microwave ovens are the reality.
But it’s when we’re in pain that the waiting becomes intolerable, whether that pain is emotional or physical. That’s probably why we hate going to the doctor’s office, because we’re told to wait in the one place we hate, the waiting room.
The waiting room is one of the most dreaded places on planet earth. We’re in trouble and pain and we’re told to wait, and we know it’s going to be a long wait because any place that has couches, stacks of magazines, and a TV turned to soap operas, we know we’re in for the long haul.
We don’t do good at waiting, which is often the case when it’s God we’re waiting upon.
What happens is that God gives us a promise, but when it doesn’t come to pass in our time frame, instead of waiting patiently, we try to speed up the process through our own manipulations. And when that fails to produce the desired results, we then start the negotiation process.
“Lord, if you do this for me then I’ll go to church and read my Bible.”
Notice the vagueness. We leave out going to church every week, and reading the Bible every day. This is because we’re holding out till later when further negotiations are needed.
We then get to the age-old question, “If God could create in the world in six days, then why can’t He take care of our problems a whole lot sooner?”
If God is going to grow us into what He’s called us to be, then He has to heal us of our independence. Therefore, He places us in His waiting room to learn patience and receive the strength to face whatever lies ahead.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study