We have been taught that time is money and money is time. “Move quick, Move fast, it’s the only way to survive.” This ideology tends to make us impatient. When anything seems to be taking its time, we dump it and move on to the next. (Ain’t nobody gat time, right?)
Sadly, we have translated this notion into our prayer lives and walk with God. We take this “now or never” mentality to God and expect Him to start running to supply our every need simply because we are in a hurry. And when God demands that we wait a little while for His promises to be birthed and for our prayers to be answered, we either try to make our own alternative or eat the fruit before it is ripe. I pray that through this post, we will begin to understand how God’s waiting room works so that we do not get tired of waiting.
Let’s picture an empty waiting room. With a long row of chairs facing a door. Let’s put a clock on the wall as well, for a bit of decor and also to remind us that time is passing. Please keep this picture in your mind as you read the next few lines. A lot of us think that while we are waiting for our prayers to be answered, we are sitting alone in that waiting room, hoping that God will come through the door in the next minute with the answer. At least that’s what I thought.
Last week, while I was praying, I heard God say, “Ayowade, will you wait with Me?” Initially, I didn’t understand but when it hit me, I was in tears. He changed my picture of His waiting room and as you read this I pray He changes yours too.
In God’s waiting room, you are not waiting for God, rather you are waiting with God.
God made me understand that He is right there in that waiting room with us anticipating the arrival and manifestation of His word. Many have abandoned Him in the waiting room because they didn’t realise that He was there with them the whole time, wiping their tears and giving them the strength to keep going. Please read the scripture below slowly and carefully.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11[NIV]
Every word that comes from the mouth of God is a messenger that must accomplish what it has been sent to do as long as we stay in the will of God. In the verse above, God is reminding us of the confidence which He has in His own word. It might take some time to come to pass but it must come to pass because God has said it.
I think it’s worth mentioning two more rules about how the waiting room works. A lot of the time when we feel God is taking His time in answering our prayers, we either give God “the silent treatment” or we complain. But this is when we need to spend even more time in the secret place to fellowship with Him, to grow in our love for Him, to worship Him with all our heart.
It is also a time of preparation. It’s not a passive place where we sit and feel sorry for ourselves. We must ensure that the answer does not meet us unprepared. As a pregnant mother does not wait for the child to be born before she starts buying all that the baby will need so also we must start preparing for the arrival of the answer to our prayers through the wisdom of God.
“Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.” Hebrews 6:12 [NLT]
Perhaps you are reading and you are in a waiting phase, wondering if God has forgotten what He promised or whether He even heard, to begin with. God has a track record of ensuring that His word comes to pass. So don’t let thoughts of discouragement set in.
THE WAIT WITH GOD IS ALWAYS WORTH IT!!!
So how do we wait? We wait patiently, We wait preparing and We wait praising. Halleluyah!
Thank you for reading, I trust you have been blessed.
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Written by Ayowade Adeleye (through the wisdom and inspiration of the Holy Spirit!)