Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Waiting Room

The scripture says that there is only one door to the Great Shepherd. Anyone trying to get to him any other way is a thief and a robber. In John 10:7, Jesus said, "I am the door."
John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
By the same token, there is only one door to success. It is the door that leads to the front room or the foyer or the reception area. This is the door before the door you are trying to get to. It is the stop point before your destination.

While you are there, you must take a number, browse the magazines, sit there and wait to be seen. Anxious people find ways to climb in through the side window. Distrustful people find subtle ways to sneak in through the back door. Their only accomplishment is that they were witty enough to get around the waiting process but in the end they end up in the room of regret.

Still others take the attitude, "Well I have no choice so I have to wait. What else can I do?" By the time their number comes up, they are irate or frustrated and instead of rejoicing that they arrived at their desired destination, they start complaining and expressing their frustration and their discontent because now they are in debt or they are not happy with the person they got involved with.
Jam 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
So many times we complain that we have been waiting and waiting but nothing is happening. We cave into fear of loss so we sign our lives away or we react in some other irrational way. Maybe God was closing a door so that you could see the way to the door of opportunity awaiting you. Or maybe God was just testing you to see if you would trust him like Abraham did when God told him to sacrifice his son and then saved him at the last minute.

We give up and quit the waiting game because it is not coming within the time frame that we want it to or we just take what we want our way. So we can't really say, "I waited and waited." What we ought to say is, "I started to wait and I just could not trust anymore." We don't really wait as we claim at least not in the true sense of the word. What happens is we get frustrated and impatient during the waiting period and then either give up or go ahead with an alternative plan.

I have a question for you. "Have you ever been to the other side of waiting? Have you ever allowed "waiting" to perform it's purpose?
Jam 1: But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Listen to those words. "Wanting nothing." By the time you end up in the place of promised abundance, you will not be controlled and destroyed by material things because you would have already found the true riches in the waiting room. You too, will be able to say, "All I need is Jesus plus nothing."
Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering;
Enter into the waiting room and study to be quiet and learn to be still. Everything will seem to be falling apart all around you as you wait but God will make himself known to you.
Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God:
But if you decide to circumvent the waiting room, you'll end up climbing up or sneaking in through a different entrance. Those that do this are robbers. They rob themselves out of the promised blessing God has intended for them.