#8 In The Series "WHEN YOU CAN'T RUN AWAY FROM YOUR MOST TROUBLING THOUGHTS - God's Word and the Solid Hope for Minds Haunted by the Ghosts of Doubt"
Without a doubt the toughest test of faith is not loss, despair, or pain. The toughest test of faith is the test of waiting. It's hard to wait for a long time with true expectancy. Waiting, especially long waiting, dulls expectancy. And expectancy, at least for the Christian, is precisely what we're called to. Waiting in expectancy is what faith is all about. Anyone can wait if he's indifferent - like you wait to file your income tax return when you know you have to pay. That kind of waiting is just hanging around while time passes by. Anyone can wait with a cold heart and a forgetful, doubting, or bitter frame of mind. But that's not what I mean by waiting in faith.
There are people who are half-heartedly waiting for God to act in some disappointing area of life who have actually already given up. Their doubts have won the day long ago. But that's not faith. It's merely resignation. We're studying doubt in this series. This is the final teaching and it deals with the strongest cause of doubt I know - the silent passing of time with no response from God, no answer to our prayer, no change in our circumstances.