Monday, November 07, 2016

"The Waiting Room"

James 4.10 NKJV

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

There are many things I want but even when I work hard to obtain them, they elude my grasp. I feel disappointed and angry. I may even blame others whom I perceive to be obstacles in my path toward the acquisition of these things.

I do not know why I cannot have everything I want. I often place my desires on the altar and God freely returns most of them to me. He seems to approve and even encourage my pursuit of fulfillment. But somehow some of my most cherished desires remain just beyond my reach. I pray but receive not, in spite of promises the Bible makes:

“…ye have not, because ye ask not.
James 4.26 KJV
Are my motives in question?

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong
motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
James 4.3 NIV

I ask God to shed light on the motives of my heart. When my motives seem self-serving, I try to let my desires go. That’s not easy for me.

I have heard God answers prayers in three ways… Yes, No, and Wait. The third answer is the most difficult for me. If God says “Yes,” I rejoice. When He says “No,” I can usually let it go. But when God says “Wait” or (even worse) “Yes and wait,” I have no other option. I am thrust into the tension between promise and fulfillment. I am required to do what I dislike... sit in Dr. God’s waiting room until the Great Physician is ready to see me!

Waiting is a matter of humility. Like a demanding child, I want what I want and I want it now. But when Jesus says “Wait,” bowing to His will and forsaking my own is painful. “Waiting” demands humbleness of heart and inner resolve not to take matters into my own hands. Trusting Him to fulfill His promise in His way and in His time is the essence of the humility to which I am called. Learning humility may be more important than all the other things I think I want.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”


I found these symbols at the AIGA website. AIGA was founded in 1914 as a professional association for design ( They are the universal symbols for men's bathroom and waiting room.


Anonymous said...

Yes, I also struggle with patience, especially if I am hurting inside or dealing with some sort of emotional difficulty. To pray for something earnestly and to not have that prayer answered immediately is difficult for us homo sapiens to handle. This was my greatest difficulty when I was sick, not beding healed as I asked and not knowing why.

Dave, a few things that really spoke to my heart this morning:

1 Peter, chapter 1, verse 3: "In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the rersurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade."

What an awesome promise this is, an eternal inheritance that can never be taken away. And these words from a man who walked, talked, broke bread and served with our savior.

How Satan has tried over the years to convince us that we have no such promise. Dave, I remember a conversation you and I had about 2 years ago in the parking lot at Sunset. I was so defeated that I told you I felt I had lost my salvation. You validated how I was feeling and at the same time had the courage to call that thought what it was:

"A lie out of the very pit of hell."
-----Dave Scriven, 2004.

If we truly believe the word of God, (and I know that you and I do)
then we can find rest in those promises. We don't have to rely on feelings or some sort of emotional response. If God said it, all I have to do is believe.

Dave, love the blog. Will encourage all the guys on Tuesday morning to start contributing.


Dave's Bible Blog said...

Hi Jim,

Those are such good words. Thanks Jim. You have really encouraged me tonight. I appreciate that. We are called to lift up and encourage one another. Thanks for bringing to my recollection that time in the parking lot. I forgot about it until you reminded me. Thanks brother.