The Silent Waiting Period
The Pain in Waiting – Part 3
Scripture Reading: Job 1:13-22 NLT
Key Verse: Job 1:22 NLT
In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.
As we continue to look at the pain in the waiting periods of our lives, let’s remind ourselves how Job faced his pain: “he fell to the ground to worship” (Job 1:19c). I doubt that very many of us have had the kind of loss that Job had just experienced; nonetheless we still feel deep pain with our troubles. We need God’s help and comfort in our painful waiting periods.
When we are trying to survive a period when God has not yet spoken or moved in our behalf, we are challenged with deep fear. The fear is about the unknown; we can’t see how our problems are going to turn out good. We know that God has promised that He “causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (Romans 8:28). However, when life is painful, we want answers and to wait on those answers is hard. Since Job fell to the ground and worshipped upon hearing of his terrible problems, let’s look at what it means to worship.
Worship is first and foremost surrender to God’s work in us. Listen to Paul’s words in Romans 12:1, “Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.” When we are going through a tough period in our lives, there must be a sense of surrender to what God is doing in us and through us. He has a purpose for each of us and we must come to a point of surrender to that purpose. That is our most authentic act of worship. Worship is wrapped around the concept of the worthiness of the object of our worship. God is worthy of our surrender to His plan and purposes! (Continued)
Father, I surrender to your plan for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.