January 25, 2021

Pastoral Nuggets: When You Don’t Know

One of the toughest assignments any Christian faces is remaining faithful and obedient to God when you don’t understand what He is doing or, perhaps better stated, when you don’t understand why He is allowing what He is allowing in your life.

The most difficult room to occupy in a hospital is not the patient’s room, emergency room, operating room, or recovery room; it is the waiting room.

It’s a room filled with apprehension and uncertainty.

You are not in control, the results are not guaranteed, and you just do not know! And the not knowing part is the most difficult part of all.

Following Jesus often places us in the Spiritual waiting room of life. There, we encounter situations where we have no choice but to trust and wait upon God.

We wait in faith, hope, obedience, and … apprehension.  Sadly, we don’t always receive the good news we expected. In real life, sometimes we get gut-punched. Yet, we have no recourse but to continue to obediently wait upon Him.

Obedience is easy when we know what is going on and how things will turn out. It is never easy when we don’t. It is natural for us to ask God, “Why?”  But He does not always choose to reveal the “why” to us ahead of time. Sometimes He chooses to reveal as we go.

Sometimes we are forced to be as the servants that Jesus’ mother Mary gave instructions to when He turned the water into wine. She simply said, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”

It was not necessary for them to understand. It was only necessary for them to do whatever He commanded – period. Their charge was very simply to occupy the waiting room until He gives instructions – then do it – be obedient!

The Bible is filled with stories of people who didn’t know what was going on in their lives. They were in the God’s waiting room. Yet, they remained faithful and obedient unto Him.

  • Could Job have possibly understood what God was doing when He allowed satan to test him?  No.  Yet he said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” Job 13:15(a) KJV

  • Could Noah have possibly understood why he was building a boat and putting animals in it when, until the day the rains fell upon the earth, it had never rained?  Of course not.  Yet he was obedient to God.  He kept on building.

  • Could Moses have possibly understood what God was doing when he was hemmed-in by the wilderness, Pharaoh’s army, and the Red Sea?  No.  Yet he boldly stood and proclaimed that God would make a way where there was no way!

  • Could Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego have possibly understood what God was doing when they refused to bow and worship the king’s false gods and then make their great proclamation in Daniel 3: 16-18?  No!  “16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” 

  • Could Daniel have possibly understood what God was doing when his captors opened the door to the lion’s den and threw him in?  No!  He dad no experience in being the main entrée on the lions’ all you can eat buffet.  But his faith never wavered.   

As Christians, how many times have we found ourselves in God’s waiting room? Do we always understand? No! It is one of the toughest assignments!  But the good news is that God never fails us.

Psalms 27:14(KJV), “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

Brother Aaron  

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