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From Max Lucado


Are you in God’s waiting room? Perhaps you are between jobs or in search of health, help, a house, or a spouse. If so, here is what you need to know: while you wait, God works. God never twiddles his thumbs. He never stops. He takes no vacations. “Be still and know that I am God” reads the sign on God’s waiting room wall. You can be glad because God is good. You can be still because he is active. You can rest because he is busy.

To wait, biblically speaking, is not to assume the worst, worry, fret, make demands, or take control. Nor is waiting inactivity. Waiting is a sustained effort to stay focused on God through prayer and belief. To wait is to “rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7 NASB).


Jesus performed two bread-multiplying miracles: in one he fed 5,000 people, in the other 4,000. Still, his disciples, who witnessed both feasts, worried about empty pantries. A frustrated Jesus rebuked them. “Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear? Don’t you remember anything at all?” (Mark 8:17-18 NLT).

Short memories harden the heart. Make careful note of God’s blessings. Declare with David: “[I will] daily add praise to praise. I’ll write the book on your righteousness, talk up your salvation the livelong day, never run out of good things to write or say” (Psalm 71:14-15 MSG).

Catalog God’s goodness. Meditate on his work. Remember what God has done for you.

From Mike: These Max Lucado devotionals are tied together because they provide good encouragement for me. Being a Christian is often not easy. It takes TRUST, FAITH, and the determination to be PATIENT and to REMEMBER His goodness. For some people, it’s more effort than they care to expend. My relationship with God is more a promise of the future than of right now. I wouldn’t say I like spending time in God’s waiting room. RIGHT NOW is better! My experience with the corporations I’ve worked for is, “Mike, what have you done for me today?” At times, I’ve treated God the same way.

I must focus on the song, “Heaven will surely be worth it all!”  It will be!

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