A Study in the Book of Job 1:13-22; 42:12:
THE “DIFFICULTIES” THAT CAN ARISE IN THE WAITING ROOM–
A few years back, my wife was given the news after her yearly scheduled mammogram, that there was a lump found in her breast. Her doctor explained that it had to be removed BUT with the diagnosis…he wouldn’t know for sure if a mastectomy or lumpectomy would be performed until the actual surgery.
It is hard to wait!
The ‘not knowing’ can definitely play tricks on ones’ mind. You can pretend to be “spiritual” in times like these, but PRETENSE doesn’t last for long.
My wife and I began listing numerous Scriptures on pieces of paper, then placed in our bibles and even on the refrigerator–constantly reminding us of God’s promises of healing.
However, the difficulties of waiting for the results; the process of upcoming Radiation Treatments after surgery tends to erode the concept of being “spiritual” through it all.
Job found himself in God’s waiting room…
The most famous man on earth; extremely wealthy; the best of the best. But Job lost it all. Not only did he lose everything, surrounded by carnal, judgemental friends…even his wife urged him to curse God and die! Job found himself in the waiting room.
Some of you reading this POST can identify with Job. I certainly did as I read, studied and mediated everyday. You’re waiting to hear from God…you can’t see what’s going on in your difficulties whether it is personal or someone who is close to you. But you find yourself in the WAITING ROOM.
FAITH is believing God is at work in a GIVEN situation, even when we can’t see His hand (Psalm 46:1-2):
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,”
Not understanding all that is going on is frustrating. I remember sitting in an enormous hospital waiting room the day of my wife’s surgery, looking at an electronic display on the wall with her name listed and the time of the surgery, updates were posted regularly, but the results were absent. I trusted God’s hand guiding the surgeon’s hands, but it was still frustrating.
God chose not to explain the “whys” while Job was in the waiting room–
The “waiting” is a place of delay as I found out while I fidgeted in the hospital waiting room. My two daughters were waiting as well, as my oldest daughter kept patting me on the shoulder to comfort me. “It will be okay dad. Mom is in good hands.”
God is never late!
As I discovered and as Job realized later on, God’s greatest work in and through you may be “soon” and the worry and anxiety that may arise during the anticipation of the results won’t change a thing. “WORRY” is convinced that God doesn’t care and not
TRUSTING THE ONE WHO IS IN CHARGE–Directions posted while waiting…
Job 13:15, “Though the Lord slay me, still will I trust Him”
Job 42:2, “I know that You can do all things…”
Job 41:33, “Upon earth there is none like Him”
Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge…” Able,” …a very present help in trouble…”Available!” “The Patience of Job” while pacing in the waiting room–
I’ve always wondered about that old cliché, “The Patience of Job.” For the more I read and study the book of Job, the more I see how impatient he really was.
— He couldn’t understand what was going on.
— He didn’t like how his life was going.
Aren’t our lives at times so very similar to Job’s?
One day we are secure in a profession–friends and family surround us–a “roof over our heads”–“good health”–and then all of a sudden… everything is snatched like a rug under our feet. And yet Job still had the sense to WORSHIP God in the midst of the pain and agony.
Staying Close in waiting… Job 42:5, “I had heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my [spiritual] eye sees You.”
Don’t desert the WAITING ROOM. That is where you are the most likely to hear from God. [Illus. Elijah at Cherith].
PRAY… In the midst of our long-suffering, we are misguided in our thinking by the enemy…“God isn’t going to act here”, and we stop PRAYING for answers (Job 42:1-5 a).
God doesn’t do His deepest work in the shallowest parts of our lives. Get alone with God in a time of reflection, evaluation, correction, and dedication. Remove yourself from all the distractions.
All the while my wife was going through surgery two floors above the waiting room, I forced myself to walk outside for a few minutes to refocus on Dianne and not on myself by having a conversation with Abba Father. Afterwards, I returned to the waiting room refreshed and with a new direction of anticipation.
Be still…and wait!
This is really hard. All the WAITING…the “where, when, and why’s”…
WHERE ARE THE RESULTS OF THE TESTS? WHEN CAN I SEE MY WIFE IN RECOVERY? WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO OUR FAMILY?
Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” Literally, “Let your hands hang down.” We want to always do something;while God may need to do something in you before He does something special for you or through you.
ANTICIPATE GOD’S RESPONSE…
“Anticipate” means to expect, hope, bargain for, foresee (EXPECTATION, FORESIGHT); predict, augur...[i]
When waiting and praying, do you EXPECT…FORESEE…even EXPECT a response from God?
Job 42:10. “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job…”
Psalm 46:10, “I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted (lifted up!) in the earth.”
God never left Job alone in the waiting room, nor will He ever leave you alone in the “waiting”.
DISCOVERIES FOUND IN “THE WAITING”: A New Perspective…
“And it was so that after the Lord had spoken these words to Job…” (Job 42:7) [NOTE: Romans 5:3-5; 8:18].
God gave Job a new perspective, one he would never have had if he had abandoned the waiting room.
Sometimes, when we find ourselves lying our backs, we are forced to look up and have a dialogue with Jesus: “Lord, I feel so helpless in this moment. I need your help and comfort as I lay here in bed.”
A New Provision found in waiting… Job 42:10, “And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before…”
In GOD’S WAITING ROOM, the Apostle Paul found…
JOY… “In every prayer of mine I always make my entreaty and petition for you all with JOY (delight)” (Phil. 1:4).
PURPOSE… “I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward” (Phil. 3:14 AMP).
PEACE… “Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me…and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you” (Phil. 4:9).
POWER… “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]” (Phil. 4:13 AMP).
That particular verse in Philippians (Phil. 4:13), [ I wrote it down on the top of my special list of Bible verses claimed], gave me special encouragement while my wife went through her surgery and through the six weeks of radiation. She told me afterwards, this same verse gave her peace and expectancy as she was prepared for the operation.
Dianne and I were “empowered” by Christ towards the outcome, while at the same time, I waited with expectancy. God was about to do a mighty work!
And PLENTY… “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).
As a WAITING HUSBAND on that one day, I spent many hours in the waiting room of the hospital; not knowing all that was going on during Dianne’s surgery; not understanding it all, not being able to control the situation as I normally try to do in everyday life while pacing the floor… until it seemed I had worn the color off the tiled floors…trying to conceal my worry and anxiety from our adult children.
I trusted in the doctor’s hands, stayed close to the nurses station for expected good news, prayed, and waited… anticipating the results, knowing God had this.
When the doctor met with us all in a side room while my wife was in recovery, the good news came as expected. The cancer had been totally removed–and a lumpectomy had been performed in lieu of a mastectomy. The surgery had gone even better than what was expected by the physicians. But the JOY I had received eclipsed all the difficulties of the WAITING!
Finding yourself in God’s Waiting Room…
TRUST HIM, STAY CLOSE, BE STILL… and with ANTICIPATION, with EXPECTANCY…and get ready for some wonderful DISCOVERIES!
Footnote:  The New Roget’s Thesaurus In Dictionary Form
Researched Source: Commentary– http://www.jackiekay.org. *An outline published November 1997 “In God’s Waiting Room”.
Scripture: Amplified Bible; NIV Bible.