Five Questions to Ask When You’re in God’s Waiting Room

 


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The next time you find yourself in God’s waiting room through a personal loss, an unexpected difficulty, a severe test, or a “wilderness” time when you desperately need answers but can’t seem to find them, get alone in a quiet place and ask God these questions:

  1. Lord, is there something you want to show me about Your character through this?
  2. How can I love you more deeply and become more like You in this process?
  3. How can I bring You glory in this situation?
  4. Is there anything that needs changing in my life or anything you want to teach me?
  5. How can you use this experience to help someone else? 

Five Questions Not To Ask God When You’re Waiting

  1. How long will I be in the waiting room? (God has His own timetable).
  2. Will you please be with me through this process? The answer is always yes. God has promised His children–those who know and love Him–that He will be with us always. That’s why He sent His Holy Spirit to live in us. “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20, NIV). As someone so wisely told me, “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.”
  3. Why me? (The question is, Why not me?) As long as we live in an imperfect world, we will experience both good and bad.
  4. What did I do to deserve this? (What did we do not to deserve it? We are not deserving of anything good and can never “earn” God’s favor. It’s only by God’s grace through faith–Jesus’ death and resurrection–that we are made acceptable to Him. And God always acts in our best interest, always. He is never “out to get us.” (See Ephesians 2:8-9).
  5. Do you really care? (Yes, He does. No need to ask). “Cast all your anxiey on him because he cares for you” (I Peter 5:7, NIV).

Since the beginning of time, long before we were born, God designed a blueprint for our lives. And “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6, NIV, author’s emphasis in bold). God will not abandon you or His good work in you!

God Knows Our Humanity

God blesses–and He disciplines–the ones He loves. He allows testing to come our way to ultmately shape us and make us more like Him. But in the midst of grief and anxiety, our emotions are susceptible to inaccurate reasoning. God knows our humanity and is not surprised by our emotions. And He gives us ample time to “heal”.

Don’t be discouraged when you see no hope in sight. Be gentle with yourself, and be open to God’s voice. In time, asking the right questions helps put us in a position to see, to learn, and to depend more deeply on the One who loves us so.

Will You Trust the Father’s Heart?

Jesus displayed emotions. He grieved. He hurt. He wept. But He knew and trusted His Father’s heart, even when God said, “No” to his request. (See Luke 22:42). Will you?

“Weeping may remain for a night; but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5, NIV).

An Affirming Prayer

Jesus, no matter how long it takes, I want you to be honored and glorified in this–and in every–situation of my life. I know you plan to bring good out of bad. Help me to cooperate with you. I am willing to wait on You and with You.

Day-votedly Yours,

Rebecca

It’s Your Turn

What has God taught you while you’ve been in His waiting room?

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    14 Responses to “Five Questions to Ask When You’re in God’s Waiting Room”

    1. JASON ANDRREWTOPPIN FROM BORONIA MELBOURNE VICTORIA AUSTRALIA on June 17th, 2010 11:33 pm

      Rebecca
      Great Atricle.
      My friend Steven Chisholm gave me this good advise and may I Quote it to you?
      “The Christian walk is a marrithon not a Sprint””.
      Steven was given this advise by a very old Pastor who he met in Dandenong Melbouren Victoria and I’m sure yiu will agree with the advise and use it for a furture atricle.

    2. Rebecca on June 18th, 2010 2:12 pm

      It’s a good quote, Jason, and very true. Thanks for sending it.

    3. Coralie - Queensland, Australia on June 18th, 2010 5:40 pm

      Rebecca, how true as we are all in God’s Waiting Room in one way or another. I have battled with an auto-immune problem for years and when asked by a dear friend if I felt let down that God had not healed me. My answer was “if this is as good as it gets then I am blessed and though the fig tree doesn’t blossom, yet will I praise Him” – God has not left me or forsaken me, He has been with me the whole time in this my waiting room and I am the richer for this experience. Out of the broken places of my personal Alabaster Box comes the best fragrance to share with a broken World for His sake. It is all about Jesus who will process us through any given set of circumstances, it is just letting HIm.

    4. Rebecca on June 20th, 2010 5:43 pm

      Coralie, thank you for your precious words. When we give it all to Jesus, it is a beautiful perfume, indeed.

    5. Rev igwe Andrew on January 21st, 2011 7:54 pm

      It is a great idea,i thank GOD for that post it has encouraged me in my walk with Jesus

    6. Rebecca on January 21st, 2011 10:32 pm

      I’m glad it ministered to you, Rev. Andrew. Thanks for your comments.

    7. Amanda Refuge on July 1st, 2013 7:30 am

      This devotion really spoke volumes to my spirit. Sometimes I do not like being in Gods Waiting room because sometimes I need an answer or need the Lord to move on my behalf immediately. As of this moment I am in His waiting room and after reading the devotion, the holy spirit revealed to me, although I am waiting for the Lord, He is moving and has already worked it out for me. In my being still, there is something manifesting in the Spirit, now matter how long the wait takes. The best thing about waiting is that I didn’t have to grab a number and wait to be called because I am always number one to my Father!!!

    8. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on July 1st, 2013 8:38 am

      Well said, Amanda! Thanks for your encouraging and affirming words about God’s faithfulness.

    9. Emily H. Lucas on July 1st, 2013 5:51 pm

      Thank you Rebecca for these words, our family has been in God’s Waiting Room , our grandson was in an accident, hit by an eighteen wheeler as he was checking his car for a noise in his car. He ran up an embankment and was hit. This happened five years ago. He lost both legs, but he knew GOD and our faith in GOD was strengthened. The doctors and nurses were wonderful but GOD’S guiding hand was the Healer. He has prosthetic legs, 26 years old, works in Technology.married, and they are having their first child in August. Yes we asked why, but GOD’S answer to us was I am walking step by step with you. God has been so good to us.
      Love and Blessings to You Rebecca

    10. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on July 3rd, 2013 11:32 am

      Emily, what a remarkable testimony! Bless you for sharing it. I know it will be encouraging to all who read about your family’s response to this devastating accident, and to God’s faithfulness through it all.

    11. Kimberly C. on July 3rd, 2013 7:09 pm

      Thank you for this timely reminder. I needed to read this and be reminded of a few things. Thank you for letting God use you!

    12. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on July 6th, 2013 1:36 pm

      My pleasure, Kimberly. I’m grateful God used this post to bless you.

    13. janice on July 30th, 2013 9:31 am

      Dear Miss Barlow-Jordan,

      I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for this beautiful and insightful blog post of yours. I can’t begin to tell you just how much comfort it gave me, alongside the change in perspective I never realized I’ve been badly needing all this time as I have been “stranded” in GOD’s waiting room. Yes, I used the word ‘stranded’ because I feel like I have been just that, in GOD’s waiting room for over 3+ years now :( After living off my most successful years in NYC as a twenty-something dreamer with a determination to accomplish my goals, things suddenly took the worst turn around 2010 and I saw myself losing everything I tried to build — my finances and investments, my steady paying job, and the one relationship I prayed for more than anything.

      What followed has been a vicious cycle of being angry at GOD for not even making a move (or at least that’s what I felt) to do something to alleviate my situation. And then at some point, about a year and a half later, I was able to come to terms with things, but it was actually more of just exhaustion on my part for hanging on to hope and just surrendering in dismay for how things are in my life.

      Then about a few months ago, just when things started to look up and I was given the dream opportunity of a lifetime, everything failed completely when I made the leap of faith. And so I felt as if I was shoved even deeper down the black hole of GOD’s waiting room even further :’(

      For the last 2 months I have been feeling insurmountable despair, panic, and even paranoia, feeling that maybe the “blood-thirsty” GOD that the Old Testament often seemingly portrays is true after all, and He is out to get me.

      I have tried talking about this with mentors of mine in Church, but no one really could make it as comprehensive and as eye-opening as your blogpost did. It’s funny, in fact, that I only came across your post because I googled “Prayer for Impossible Miracles” tonight (your blog was the 4th result) when I felt even more desperately today that GOD was even more distant than ever.

      But after reading your post, I felt as if something punched me in the gut, but a punch I so badly needed. Thank you, Miss, for letting me realize that all this time, I have been clearly missing the whole purpose of being in His waiting room. The irony is that in the last 3+ years, I have asked every single question on your “Five Questions Not To Ask GOD when You’re Waiting” all the time, but never once on the Real 5 Questions I Should’ve been asking all along.

      It is amazing that one blog poast can bring me so much insight and consolation after all these years of feeling stranded. I finally can look at my being here in GOD’s waiting room as a blessing now, regardless of all I have lost and failed at. This is indeed, the best and most apt prayer I had been seeking for tonight.

      I send you my dearest thanks and I look foward to reading more of your articles to help me through the way as I wait with joy this time around.

      GOD bless you.

      *janice :)

    14. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on August 1st, 2013 9:42 pm

      Thanks Janice, for your encouraging comments. I’m glad this blog post was helpful to you. May God give you wisdom as you are in God’s “waiting room.” God is faithful, and He cares about you more than you can possibly imagine.

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