You’re at the hospital, waiting in line to see the doctor. You look around and find other people with other unfortunate conditions. And the queue seems to be crawling so you end up chatting with another patient in queue. You begin discussing your problem and she tells you what she thinks is wrong with you and paints such a bleak picture that you get discouraged and walk out the door just before it gets to your turn to see the doctor…

Does this scenario seem familiar to you? I just created the scenario to make a point. Now imagine the church as a hospital and the members as patients. Everyone has a problem in one way or the other. And we all go before God day in, day out to seek answers to our questions and solutions to our problems. And, of course, Christ is the Great Physician. And sometimes, as life would have it, we find ourselves waiting longer than we hope to and, in frustration, we start to talk.

In waiting, it is wiser to be quiet than to choose the complaining option. Because in doing that, you open the door for people who should have no say in your matters to have an opinion. And most of the time, they don’t even offer any comfort. The best they can offer you is their sympathy. They tell you it’s an almost hopeless case and that you should have known better (that is if you have made a mistake along the way). Sadly, Christians have this bad reputation of being judgmental and driving people away with their self-righteous and hypocritical attitudes. God have mercy on us all.

Whenever you go to church with a burden, remember whom you have an appointment with. Similarly, you don’t seek medical counsel from a fellow patient. It is only the doctor who is qualified enough to write you a prescription. All that others will do to you is discourage you from waiting on Him and you might end up walking out just when God is about to open the door for you…

People may give advice but, in the end, only God’s counsel should be the final word.


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