December 31, 2013

Getting Perspective While You Wait

I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him.”

Psalm 62:1 (NLT)

Yesterday we talked about God’s waiting room and how God used waiting to shape the lives of great men and women in the Bible. One of our readers responded, as so many of us do, asking the most common question when we are in the waiting room, “Why me, Lord?”  Ever ask that one? I know I have. However, through the years of being in the waiting room more than a few times I’m learning to transform the question. The next time you find yourself frustrated with God’s time table and wonder when His promises to you will ever be fulfilled here’s some questions you may want to ask yourself before giving up hope as your dreams begin to fade. They will be easy to remember as they all spell out the word w-a-i-t.

1. Why AI Troubled?

In Psalms 42 and 43 the Psalmist asked that question in a lonely time of discouragement. Three times in Psalm 42:5; 11 and Psalm 43:5 he cried, “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God!  I will praise Him again – my Savior and my God!”  Wow!  What an antidepressant for the soul. As you read these two Psalms you will find the Psalmist sharing his troubles with the only one who could and would resolve them in His time. Even though it may not bring immediate resolve to all your problems, it brings relief to know that God cares and we can put our hope in Him.

2. What AI Thinking?

This is the one area where Satan will mess with you the most – in your thinking. If he can convince you to believe a lie as the truth then he’s ensnared you. When you’re in the waiting room, challenge every thought. The Bible tells us to “Bring every thought into captivity, to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:5  Your thoughts will effect how you feel and what you believe. If you are thinking the wrong thoughts you will draw the wrong conclusions. In Philippians 4:8 we are told to take control of what we think. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”  Be careful of judging what God is like based on your circumstances at the moment. Determine your view of God from the truth of His Word.

3. Who AI Trusting?

The Psalmist said, “I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken… O my people, trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge.” Psalms 62:1,2,8 (NLT) We cannot save ourselves. That’s what Jesus came to do. Trust Him as your Savior and wait expectantly on Him, knowing that your victory comes from Him!  Trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for He is your refuge! It’s worth the wait!