Waiting Patiently

Thursday, July 7, 2022
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There are so many times when we are waiting. For me, recently, it has been waiting for medical appointments and procedures. These days, we read about thousands of people waiting for hours or days at airports, now that people are able to travel again after the pandemic.

My longest such wait, however, was in October, 1973, when I was on a business trip to Tehran, Iran. The company that I was working for had an office there and some contracts with an Iranian partner. I had a number of things to look after, and the meetings and negotiations took about a week.

While I was there, the Yom Kippur War, also known as the Ramadan War, broke out, when a coalition of armies led by Egypt and Syria attacked Israel. My work was done, and I needed to get back to our office in the Netherlands, but all westward flights from that area were stopped. The airlines decided that it was too dangerous to fly in that area. Every day, I called the airline with the same questions: "Are you flying yet? How much longer?" Every day, they told me, "As soon as it is safe to travel, we will. Just be patient." I was not desperate; for me, waiting was just an inconvenience. After about three weeks, the war ended, and I arrived home.

Recently, I have been waiting for an answer to my prayers for the Lord's intervention in the war in Ukraine. I have been deeply saddened by the ongoing destruction of homes, businesses, churches, schools, and hospitals. When people involved in these terrible situations open their eyes each morning, they must wonder how they are going to go through another day. Will it be worse than the day before? How long will those who were displaced have to wait — their homes destroyed, men, women, and children brutally murdered, survivors mourning the death of loved ones!

I agonized over this. My wife and I talked about it, and quite often, we wonder when our prayers and the prayers of millions of others will be answered. While we were thinking about this, the following Bible verse came to mind:

Romans 12:12 – Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. (NKJV)

Paul tells us that we should not lose hope, and that whatever happens, we should be patient. Most of all, we should continue in prayer. God's answer is sometimes "yes", but at other times, it is "no" or "wait". Will you pray with me?

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, during these tumultuous times, we pray for all who are suffering and mourning, and we also pray that You will speak to the hearts of those who have the ability to change the course of events, that they will hear Your voice, and that a change will come about. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Joel Jongkind <austria67@bmts.com>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Yes, and amen to that!

    Thank you for your encouragement.

    Wise words, Joel. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you, Joel. I will bookmark Romans 12:12.

    Thank you, Joel, for your encouraging news, to be patient and keep praying!

    Thank you, Joel, encouraging, do keep well. Blessings to you and your family.

    My writing friend, thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. May God bless you for your prayers and sharing. Blessings.

    Dear Joel, your words today reminded me again of the physical challenges you have been facing. May God give you grace and strength to wait as He works in your behalf.

    Amen Joel. I identify with the longing in yours and your wife’s heart for the Ukraine. Indeed it is hard to wait in hope and patience amidst such horror.

    Thank you for your interesting post, Joel. I had forgotten about the Roman’s verse and it is a comforting one, as is your prayer. Praying that your medical appointments go well. God bless you and your family!

    How wise! Waiting for cancer cells to be destroyed in my son’s body …”why couldn’t it be ME?”
    Thanks for this wisdom, Joel. Bless you as you wait.

    Thank you again for your testimony and encouragement to pray. Several years ago Romans 12:1-2, 12, 21 were the favorite verses that especially spoke to me. Also, Psalm 27:13-14 NKJV. I appreciate your faithful encouragement.

    I pray every day for help in the Ukraine and keep saying when is the Lord going to help. Then I stop and think, maybe he has already given us a miracle that Russia did not walk over them on day one. I am with you, and I know Christians will win this war, just not sure how and when. Thank you for your devotions and faith in the Lord.

    Hi Joel,
    Thank you for today’s message. Yes, indeed, patience is a virtue, as is perseverance in prayer. It doesn’t come easily to us humans, especially when we witness the daily horrors taking place in our world. But the Lord’s timing is always right, and we must rest in the assurance of His everlasting love and care for us and in the hope that He will act in His time.
    Blessings to you.

    Greetings Joel and many thanks for another of your special devotionals. Our fervent prayers are surely needed for all that is happening in the world these days and especially the tragedies occurring in the Ukraine each day. My heart goes out to the people there and I’ve been steadily praying for the Russian army to stop their attacks and for peace to be restored. Prayers for patience are important for sure as God’s timing is for the best outcome and I appreciate your reference to Romans 12:12. Blessings for these writings you contribute.

    Hello Joel….this resonates deeply. I sometimes wonder what God is doing for Ukraine and its people and know, in my spirit, that He is working but seeing such dreadful suffering taking place causes me to question what that is.
    So thank you for your message and prayer. I am ever hopeful of hearing good news eventually for the beautiful people of Ukraine.
    Blessings to you

    Morning, Joel,
    You express the thoughts and prayers of many, many, many! As I was considering life this morning I thought, well, we are just going to take this Ukraine business as one more thing and forget about it as life goes forward. I also think of our great good fortune to live where we do. The history of Russia is such that we should not be surprised at Putin’s actions…BUT, we will continue to pray for peace and the Ukrainian people.
    Thank you for writing, Joel. Hope you are feeling better each day.

    Dear Joel.
    Thank-you for this. I have been praying for the war in Ukraine to be finished and praying that the Christian’s there can keep the faith.
    Our minister gave my husband a devotional book recently. It is written by a farmer. Anyway the lead into last night’s passage was Roman’s 12:12 and this morning here you are quoting the same verse.
    That is encouraging to me and I sent your message to two friends in Ukraine.
    Thank-you and God bless you.

    Good morning, Joel,
    Hopefully all your appointments and procedures are minor and work well for you. Praying that you and your wife are doing well.
    It took me a long time to believe that God does always hear my prayers and answers. Once I figured out that the answer could be “no” or “wait”, then I was much more content in my prayer life. I am not sure why it took me a long time to realize that, but it definitely did.
    I joined with you in your prayer and asked my friends who I forward devotionals to also join in your prayer. The power of prayer is amazing. Thank you for your sharing of your experience and hope. Blessings.

    Well said, Joel. Thank you!

    Yes, Joel. I have and shall continue to pray as you suggest, knowing that the answer is all in God’s time and that He is NOT in a hurry. He is the ‘God of the Angel Armies,’ faithful and true, whether or not we see His hand in it all. Thanks for writing.

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