God’s waiting room
Key Verse: Romans 4:19:- “And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.” (NLT)
The “waiting room” is one of the most dreaded places on planet earth. One of the hardest things we can do is wait. We hate to wait for the traffic light to turn green, especially when there is no one else on the road, or at least half-mile away. We also hate waiting in a line, especially when the line next to us is moving faster.
God’s waiting room is a place of waiting for God’s intervention in a situation or condition. It is the period between God’s promises and their fulfillment. You are in God’s waiting room when there is a change in a situation and you are expecting a miracle.
Abraham was in God’s waiting room when at the age of 75, God promised him a child (Genesis 15:4) and Abraham waited for 25 years for that miracle to come to pass. The Bible said, “Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him” (Genesis 21:5).
God’s waiting room is a place where sometimes you may be tempted to feel that God Has cheated you. In the waiting room, you may be tempted to allow emotions talk louder to you than the Word of God.
How to survive waiting room experience?
• Put Faith in God: Abraham put his faith in God and not in himself. Romans 4:19, “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb.” Abraham’s faith was neither in himself nor positive thinking. Positive thinking is good when circumstances are within your control. When circumstances are out of your control, you need something stronger than positive thinking, which is faith in God.
Abraham faced the reality of his situation with faith in God. Real faith does not ignore the reality of the circumstance, but strong faith in the promises of God. You can face your facts with faith – that God is right next to you in that situation.
• Rely on God’s Promises: Abraham relied strongly on God’s promises and didn’t consider the deadness of his physical body. Romans 4:20, “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.”
God is reliable and has integrity, ability, and resources to bring to pass every single promise of His Word. When you are in God’s waiting room, you may be tempted to think that God has created you, but the truth is that God’s Word will never lie to you. Numbers 23:19a, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent …”
God never promised us that life will be hassle-free, but He promised He will always make a way of escape for us (1 Corinthians 10:13). Abraham relied on God’s Word but don’t rely on your emotions, feelings, and circumstances.
• You can leverage on other people’s faith: When your faith is weak, you can leverage on people of like faith. Acts 16:28, “But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!”
You must assure yourself with this fact – that God is in the waiting room with you, just like He was with Abraham, Jonah, Paul, Silas, Daniel, and the three Hebrew children.
Today’s Nugget: God is in the waiting room with you
Prayer: Lord, help me put my faith in You always
Prayer lines: 09078154261.
Dr. Chidi Okoroafor, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria.
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