Hope and humor ‘zine: Waiting issue

August 7th, 2016 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized

James Watkins, author, speaker
Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. I’ve been so anxious, I could hardly stand it, to share this issue on waiting!

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God is never late—but he sure is slow!

What happened to those “ask and ye shall receive” and “you will be given more than you can think or imagine” promise verses? And what about those TV evangelists who tell us to “name it and claim it”? Perhaps the problem in not with God’s promises but that he doesn’t deliver by FedEx overnight guaranteed next-day delivery. I’ve found… [Continue reading]

Waiting is hard work

Sitting in a “waiting” room mindlessly thumbing through old magazines as you wait for the nurse to call out the name of your sick child. The numbness of waiting for test results that may change your life—or shorten it. Waiting for a teenager to come home—and he’s an hour late. Waiting years for God to bring a prodigal child home.

We’re not alone in our struggles with waiting. [Continue reading]

God is such a drama king

In an action/adventure film, the hero never defuses the bomb with one hour to spare. Not even one minute. It’s always less than one second! (And, of course, the agonizing decision as to whether to cut the red or blue wire.) That’s just good script writing. God, the “author and finisher of our faith,” is the ultimate script writer! [Continue reading]

Stop controlling and start waiting

Guest post by Mary DeMuth I wish I loved waiting. But there is something to be said about encouraging ourselves during the wait. To take courage. To remind ourselves that sitting back and listening for direction is a good thing. That rush seldom accomplishes the kingdom of God. [Continue reading]

Quotations on waiting

In the digital age, we are used to getting answers and replies to questions now. We forget that God works on His timetable, not ours. But when a response from God takes time, we are forced to stop, think, consider, evaluate, meditate, contemplate, revise, repent—and most of all, let God be God. Not getting immediate answers, if that’s how God responds, forces us to be still and know that He is God. Jerry Drummonds

Why does God often makes us wait? What would happen if our prayers were answered quickly? The longer we wait on God, the more our faith grows, and the more we have to repeat, “I don’t know what He’s up to, but I know God’s got a plan for me.” JoAnne D. Jones

Beloved, do not try to get out of a dark place, except, in God’s time and in God’s way. The time of trouble is meant to teach you lessons that you sorely need. Premature deliverance may frustrate God’s work of grace in your life. Just commit the whole situation to Him. Be willing to abide in darkness so long as you have His presence. Remember that it is better to walk in the dark with God than to walk alone in the light. Lettie Burd Cowman

We often set a human deadline . . . and God usually ignores it! It’s the time—often a long time—between the human deadline and heavenly deliverance when our faith grows. JNW

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