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Today’s Truth

Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Psalm 27:14

Friend to Friend

I have a confession to make. I’m terrible at waiting. Whether in a doctor’s office waiting room, parent pickup line, or restaurant waiting area, I strategize ways to wait the least amount of time.

If you can use an app and wait less time than standing in line? I use it. If you can order ahead and potentially wait less time? I do it. Now I realize that this is not all bad; I certainly don’t want everything in life to be a journey. But what if the desire for instant gratification is so strong that it makes me miss important parts of growth and relationship?

At some points in my life, I’ve felt like I was sitting in God’s waiting room. Oh, I know; there were no magazines and no chairs. But for reasons unknown to me, I was waiting on God. To send answers. To open an opportunity. To create a new situation. Whatever the circumstance, it was outside my control and I felt tempted to stomp my foot like a toddler. I sometimes felt tempted to try to make a change without God’s help. Have you ever sat in God’s waiting room? I know you have.

Why does God place us there? While I’m still learning how to wait patiently on God, I’ve combed the Word for hints on embracing this concept. One of those hints is that God wants to prepare us for the answer.

If I gave my 13-year-old son a car for his birthday this year, what would happen? Most likely something horrible since he’s not qualified to drive a car. He hasn’t taken a single driving lesson. He doesn’t know how the equipment functions. He barely understands how to unlock and start the car. My son would have to wait to truly unwrap that gift because he’s just not ready for it.

God alone knows when we are ready for the answer for which we are waiting. He wants us to be equipped for the answer He is providing. He knows that catastrophe could lie ahead if we move on without preparation. He knows how hard it would be to sit and stare at the answer while we continue to work on our qualifications.

Today’s verse provides the encouragement we need to keep going through the waiting period. So often our focus is either on the wait or the result we desire. But while our focus is on the wait, God’s focus is on the work. Be strong and courageous, Friend. God will provide the answers in his perfect timing.

When we begin to view life from a faith-filled perspective, we can look back over the course of the journey and realize that God was there all along. We weren’t waiting for no reason! Spiritual hindsight comes as we adjust our lenses to see as God sees. Although we can’t see things to come, we recognize that just as God had a purpose for the wait in the past, so can He be trusted with the future.

Perhaps today you are waiting on God to provide a new job, heal a sickness, or mend a broken relationship. The journey has been long, and you are flat-out tired of waiting. Take heart. The God who loves you beyond measure is right there with you in your wait. He longs to provide the strength you need to keep from barging ahead on your own. He has not left you alone in the wait.

What we perceive as waiting on God is actually his wooing. He longs to draw you close and equip you well.

Let’s Pray

Dear Father, The wait has been long, and I’ve grown tired of waiting on answers. Let my soul be flooded with encouragement from today’s devotion. Fill me with an eager anticipation, not for the wait to end, but to be prepared to walk through Your answer. Help me embrace Your perfect timing.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Have you ever wondered why you were waiting on God to answer a prayer request? Write a short list of encouraging phrases or thoughts from the devotion above that helps you cope with your question of why. Or screenshot the one thought from the devotion above and highlight it with your smartphone editing tool as an encouraging reminder that you are not waiting in vain. Text it to a friend or share on social media.

More from the Girlfriends

Feeling encouraged to gain strength? If this devotion met you in God’s waiting room, you’ll love chapter 5 of Rachel’s book, One More Step: Finding Strength When You Feel Like Giving Up.

10 Responses to “In God’s Waiting Room”

  1. Paula says:

    So grateful for these devotionals. I start my day at work each morning by reading these… Today’s devotional really touched my heart, as I have a son who is incarcerated, so there is a lot of waiting. I printed off today’s devotional & plan on sending it to my son. Thank you for the hope & inspiration.

  2. Lisa says:

    I hope this helps someone out there. 10 years ago I accidentally found a receipt for hotel room from my husband’s credit card which lead me to learning he had an affair. He promised me it had ended a year ago. We had been married for 28 years and I had no clue. To make a long story short I spent 8 years waiting for God to fix my marriage and to help me forgive my husband. Every book or article said that our marriage would be stronger than before. It was a long process but God and only God kept that promise. Today our marriage is better than ever we will celebrate 37 years next month. Our marriage is different than before because now I put God first in everything and my husband would not have it any other way. Whatever you are asking or waiting on God for don’t give up. You may not get exactly what you are asking but it will be better than you ever imagined.

  3. Pam says:

    Two years into my marriage with twins on the way I saw my husband change. It was as if a light switch had been turned off. He began to fly into rages sometimes hitting holes in walls. He would scream profanity at me and at he children. I would try to stand between them to try to soften the blow of his words. When my twins were two I considered leaving him. I could not bear the thought of them growing up without their father. I had grown up without mine. I stayed with him for 17 years. In my prayer journal I BEGGED God for change … to change him, to change me, to change our circumstances. In church we looked to be the perfect family. When the kids because teenagers the depression in our home became thick but I still didn’t know how to leave. I had been a stay at home mom for 15 years, one of my children was a diabetic and closest family was two states away. I prayed. I knew I had to get us out but how? The waiting was torture. And then one day answers began to come and a way was made. I’ve frequently said that while I was over on the left being a mess, God was over on the right making a way for us. The waiting was hard! But He most definitely made a way in His time. That was eight years ago. I now manage a business office and own my own home. I can not express the gratitude I feel for what God has done for us and will do for you.

  4. Kathy M says:

    Thank you for this reminder and your examples of being ready to move forward. I am in a waiting place, going on 4 years now. I have to constantly redirect my thoughts to wait on the Lord. The pieces are falling into place, just not in my time. Thank you Jesus for my daily blessings and for being in charge of my future. Amen

  5. Rose says:

    Thanks for the encouragement. I and my garage in the waiting to go back to business and settle back. It’s now 3 years and the waiting seems to take long. The children are out of school, no income and lost our home which was on mortgage. Great promises from God and many opportunities but no finances to even put a meal on the table. The situation is really tough but holding on to God to make a way.

  6. Pauline says:

    It felt like God was speaking to me through this devotion. I started seriously praying for a new job this year. I acknowledge that God’s timing may be longer than I might like. I pray that he will give me the patience to wait on him.

  7. priscilla says:

    How this is so spot on is amazing.

    And it feels like waiting on the Lord is all I have come across in all my various devotionals this week. I feel it is a message being passed across.

    I really do have that problem with waiting.I always have this perfectly planned out calendar and God just always reminds me of who is boss.

    Truth, I always get so mad but then I realize it might have been for my good in the long run.

    One of my favourite verse of the scripture, Jer.29:11 (I know the thoughts that I think towards you, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you a future and hope)always gives me strength when I find myself getting worked up with waiting.

    I feel trusting the waiting process is gradual and comes with increased faith in God. This can only happen with prayer and on some days fasting with constant reading of God’s word.

    I am still learning to get there but I am grateful to God for leading me to this family. I stumbled on Rachel during one of the days I was so mad and wondered why I do I always have to wait for so long. Reading others testimonies and getting to understand God’s word on these things was one reason God pointed out to me. He needed me to get to know Him more .

  8. Carole says:

    I have waited for 10 years to move back to where I grew up, as my husband was ill and refused to leave this place. Sadly, he died at Christmas but it has opened the door for me to finally follow my dream. God is faithful when we are obedient to His call on our lives and wait for His timing.

  9. Ellen says:

    This is so encouraging to me. I have been ill for 3 months and waiting for God to heal me. I take comfort in the statement that God is wooing me. I am drawing closer to Him during the wait. Thank you for this devotion.

  10. Maria says:

    Thank you for this devotion.It gave me encouragement to continue waiting for God for His plans on my life.
    I have been waiting for God’s answer to my prayers of freeing me from this emotional torment which have me for years .Maybe God is still dealing with so many issues in my life and today’s devotion reminded me to wait for Him and not to give up because God’s answers are the best .Praise Gid for He who began a good work in us will complete it.

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