Monday, April 15th, 2013
Hurry Up And Wait (Part 7)
God's Filling Station
Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way.
Psalm 37:7 (NKJV)
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.
Lamentations 3:25 (NKJV)
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Psalm 27:14 (NKJV)
Consider yourself in a waiting room for the biggest audition of your life, because you are. Consider the room to be filled with God's Holy Spirit, because the Kingdom of God is Spirit. Consider every breath you breathe to be an 'Aroma of life leading to life' (2 Corinthians 2:16).
Waiting on God is waiting in God. It's like a rest stop at His Filling Station. Because even Jesus felt drained from time to time: 'Knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him' (Mark 5:30). But each minute with God brings rejuvenation, confidence and strength.
You become ready to climb a mountain, fight an enemy or sparkle with passion on camera. Your wait time may be short, or it may be long, but either is good because you like where you are.
In the spiritual realm, Earth is a waiting room. It's large by our standards, but tiny by God's. We're waiting to meet the Supreme Director. He will review the resume of our lives. If we're managed by Jesus, nothing but good stuff is on it. Nevertheless, our previous experience matters, a.k.a. our fruit.
Who have we loved? What have we given? When have we helped? Where have we gone? How have we multiplied the talents He gave us?
In the entertainment realm, performers enter hundreds of waiting rooms, lines and times. They must consider them with godly thanks, as opposed to human angst. Too often, Christian performers sink into ungodly complaint, evil gossip and unrealistic expectations.
They forget their Manager's standard; they forget their job description; they forget His perfect timing--and even His many blessings. They fall into the trap of negativity. At that point, what's filling them is no longer God, but Satan.
Like troubled teens, they cry out in frustration: 'Get me out of here.' But God is the perfect Parent.
He allows us to learn from our mistakes. The longer we complain, the longer we remain--where we are. We must master the practice of 'hurry up and wait' to be promoted.
In addition, God is the perfect Director: The One Who casts the rest of the show and sets the stage. Your success is more than your success. It involves countless other people, situations and circumstances.
Therefore, when you are waiting on your success at God's Filling Station, consider three action steps: 1) Praise God for His perfect plan, 2) Appreciate the good things He is giving you, 3) Put on a good show wherever you are.
'Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity' (Colossians 4:5).
Only then will your Manager, Jesus, judge you ready for a bigger one.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hurry Up And Wait series.