Summary: Part Four from a series of messages titled “The Waiting Room”: discovering what God reveals to us in these moments of waiting.
The Waiting Room
“Is This Really Waiting?”
We began a series titled the Waiting Room with the purpose of discovering what God reveals to us in these moments of waiting.
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Well the title of today’s message is:
“Is this really waiting?”
I had this thought several weeks ago as I was driving home: Is it really waiting if I’m doing something while I wait?
- What about my current circumstance? Could I be called here?
Once again, these questions are rooted in who or what we consider to be “The Authority”.
When Christian Herter was governor of Massachusetts, he was running hard for a second term in office. One day, after a busy morning chasing votes (and no lunch) he arrived at a church barbecue. It was late afternoon and Herter was famished. As Herter moved down the serving line, he held out his plate to the woman serving chicken. She put a piece on his plate and turned to the next person in line.
"Excuse me," Governor Herter said, "do you mind if I have another piece of chicken?" "Sorry," the woman told him. "I'm supposed to give one piece of chicken to each person." "But I'm starved," the governor said. "Sorry," the woman said again. "Only one to a customer." Governor Herter was a modest and unassuming man, but he decided that this time he would throw a little weight around. "Do you know who I am?" he said. "I am the governor of this state." "Do you know who I am?" the woman said. "I'm the lady in charge of the chicken. Move along, mister."
Bits & Pieces, May 28, 1992, pp. 5-6. (sermonillustrations.com)
Who is really in charge here? - Ever said this to your Creator? Maybe not in so many words, but in action...
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
For the person who has truly placed full authority in God hands, this verse should bring hope! It means that in everything (not just good, and not just bad) there is purpose.
In fact, as hard as this is to say, there might be even greater purpose in those moments of waiting. Repeat: EVEN GREATER PURPOSE IN WAITING!
So I’ll ask you to think about it again: If there is purpose there, is this really waiting?
I want to show you two promises we realize when we give God full authority:
1. There is No Chance
If we believe that God is the ultimate Authority, we have to believe that there is no such thing as chance, happenstance, coincidence or cosmic accident.
It’s impossible to say that God is in complete control, but sometimes he let’s things slip through the cracks. It’s a complete contradiction!
Job 37:5-6 (NLT)
God’s voice is glorious in the thunder. We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power. 6 “He directs the snow to fall on the earth and tells the rain to pour down.