While You Were Waiting Part 2: 4 Lessons from God’s Waiting Room

You’re in a waiting room, right?  So let’s get back to the good stuff.  The last thing I want to do is keep you waiting for one more thing.

To read the series from the beginning, click here.

We met the Israelites in the desert last time, waiting for Moses to come back from the mountain.

Reading Exodus 32:1, you’ll notice they forgot God pretty quickly.  Check this out:

“When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, ‘Come, make us gods who will go before us.  As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.'”

I repeat:

“As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt…”

Whoa.  Wait just a minute.  One thing JUMPS out at me…the people already forgot who brought them out of Egypt.  Moses didn’t bring them out of Egypt.  God did.  And that’s not me going all technical on you.

God even tells them in Exodus 20:2, 12 chapters earlier,

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

While they were waiting, they had forgotten God.  They had forgotten the God who saved them

from slavery

from plagues

from Egypt

from Pharaoh’s army

from the Red Sea

from starvation

from dehydration.

When they forgot God, they forgot who God was and all He had done for them.  They forgot God’s faithfulness, and that was their crucial mistake.

Forgetfulness.

It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.  But oh, forgetfulness is a big deal because it led Israel, and it leads us, to idols.

God knows this is an issue for all humans.  So much so, He’s commanded us to remember Him throughout scripture through memorials, stones of remembrance, and annual festivals and feasts.  Here are just a few examples:

  1. Exodus 12 ~ Passover
  2. Joshua 3-4 ~ Crossing into the Promise Land
  3. Luke 22:7-20 ~ The Last Supper

If you go back and read Joshua 3 & 4 you’ll discover how God used stones as a way to remind the people “that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”  In other words, the stones are so you remember that God is powerful enough to be the God of the universe AND be the God of your own waiting room.

God didn’t want the Israelites, nor does He want us, to forget His faithfulness.  As waiting room participants, we need every reminder we can get.  We need God’s faithfulness like we need air.  Without either, we’ll suffocate.

Lesson 2: Forgetfulness keeps you from seeing God’s faithful and powerful hand moving in your life.

What’s a gal to do?  I’m glad you asked.

Well, you can go outside and pick up some pebbles or rocks and start making a memorial.  Or, you can try this.

I started making a stone memorial of pen and paper last fall, after leaving my teaching job to stay home with the kids.

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It includes anything and everything that shows God has been, is currently, and will be faithful in the future.

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There are things on my list from 7 moving boxes full of groceries, $500 for D’s college needs, cloth diapers, special chocolate I could eat while on strict dietary restrictions, all the way to hubby’s car breaking down in a parking lot, keeping him from totaling the car while I was out of town.  I’ve kept gift cards and notes of encouragement too.

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Now it’s your turn.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Grab a pen and paper
  2. Write down the first thing that shows God’s faithfulness.  It’s ok to back track here and write something down from the past.  I did that too when I started.  Still having a hard time?  Write down a way God has been faithful to a friend.  This still proves He cares for His beloved children.
  3. Put your list in a place you will see everyday.  Mine’s on the refrigerator.
  4. Read over your list regularly.  I stink at this part but it is crucial; it keeps you from forgetting!

What kind of waiting room are you sitting in right now?  How has forgetfulness robbed you from seeing God’s faithful, powerful hand at work?

I’d love to hear from you and pray for you.  Leave a comment below or email me at kdkunoff@gmail.com.

While You Were Waiting Part 1

While You Were Waiting Part 3

 

 

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