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The Waiting Game

Devotional for Thursday, September 13, 2018
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Who has not had this experience: You pray and wait for an answer. And you wait. And you pray. And you wait--for a very long time, and you don't seem to receive what you've been praying for. Even when we pray sincere prayers and in our prayers ask God for things He approves of, it can happen that God lets us wait.To persevere in prayer is a lesson that people through all ages have had to learn. . . .

From a biblical perspective the primary purpose of waiting is to bring to light who I am and who I am becoming while I am waiting. The experience of waiting confronts me with a significant spiritual decision: Do I allow my impatience and my doubts to question God's goodness and omnipotence? Or do I recognize that in waiting I am confronted with a unique opportunity that will help me to become the person God wishes me to be?

If we look at it this way, waiting becomes God's means of transformation to change me according to His will. Thus, waiting is truly an expression of God's goodness and grace.

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FROM Longing for God by Frank M. Hasel, p. 203

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