We all have times that we are in a waiting room, figuratively or literally. Lately, for us, it seems as though it has been both. A series recently done by Holly Furtick at Elevation Church called Waiting Room really hit home for me. The scripture came from Acts 16 the story of Paul and Silas during there years in prison. The sermon spoke about Paul and Silas’ waiting room as they were in prison and how, as Christians, we can make the best of the waiting rooms we are dealt with in life.
Acts 16:25-34 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved —you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.
Sometimes even though our waiting rooms seem pointless or painful they can turn into God’s most productive workroom.
How can we change our waiting room into a workroom?
1 – Resist the urge to complain and instead fill your situation with praise
- Paul and Sylus were preaching the word of God while they were in prison.They didn’t question or complain as to why they were in their waiting room, but instead scripture says they prayed and sung hymns to God. God detests complaining, but rejoices when we give praise.
- Philippians 2:14-15 – Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky .
- Key Lesson: Let your pain trigger a praise as you position yourself to let God work on you while you wait
2 – Preoccupy yourself with fufulling God’s purpose rather than escaping your problem
- After the earthquake hit and the doors flung opened, Paul and Syrus didn’t run off and escape the situation. Instead, they noticed the prison guard was upset and took time to talk to him and lead him and his family to Christ. Despite the situation they were in, they fulfilled the purpose God has for them and made an impact on others.
- Key Lesson : Embrace the time you have now and stop wishing for the next thing.
Enjoy the journey
We are put in a waiting room, because God wants to teach us something. Just as a doctor goes through years of training before he can prescribe a medication, sometimes we have to go through years of waiting before we reach an end result. Sometimes God doesn’t take us straight from point A to point B, because He has something to teach us before we get to point B. Sometimes there is someone that he brings in our path, because He wants to us to minister to others. Sometimes we are headed to the wrong destination and He puts us in the waiting room so he can re route us into the direction He wants us to be. And, a lot of times after re routing us our detour becomes God’s destination.
Instead of looking for the next thing, get to work. Instead of thinking how happy you will be when your point B happens, enjoy the journey. Instead of making your own plans, realize God’s waiting room is more important then what you are waiting for. Instead of waiting on what God will do tomorrow, start doing what God wants you to do today.