Have you ever been praying and waiting on God’s timing for a situation that is out of your control? You have prayed and waited for on God to answer for what seems like an eternity, yet you still don’t have an answer. As time moves on, so do you, wondering if God will ever answer.
The world tells us everything that we could ever want is at our fingertips. We deserve everything we could ever want. Our natural tendencies are to rebel against waiting and find other ways to get what we want. We push forward, move forward, and often forget God exists along the way.
If you are at all like me, I HATE waiting. Oh ya, and surprises. The anticipation makes me want to scream “Tell Me!” Tell Me Now!”
“But I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.” Micah 7:7.
But God doesn’t make you wait out of spite but in His purpose for all things. Before God makes His out of this world move, we are called to wait on God’s timing.
The Importance of Waiting on God’s Timing
Waiting periods are used to show God’s faithfulness. God views waiting as a good thing because He is preparing us for what is on the other side. He is faithful in all circumstances. He makes everything happen that He has set out to do. You can read about God’s faithfulness, here.
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19.
Throughout the Bible, you see countless examples of God’s faithfulness and love displayed for those who believe in Him. Rather than taking matters into our hands, we should wait patiently for God to answer.
Wait Patiently on God
Waiting is used to test our faith. Waiting can bring out our impatience, worry, discouragement, and lack of trust in God. God uses times of waiting to allow us to demonstrate our obedience and faith. He calls us to wait patiently on Him while He prepares us for the next step.
“Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4.
The joy in which we endure trial is a sign of our hope in God. With endurance, we see that this isn’t a time that we can just sit around and wait for an answer. The purpose is to make a believer mature and complete, meaning God wants us to be actively participating in the work He has for us.
Keep on Praying
So much so that more often than not I begin to doubt God and question if He is even there listening to my prayers. God DOES hear your prayers. He is working out the plan, the next step, even though you might not know all the details right away.
When you want to throw in the towel because you are not getting the answer you are searching for, prayer is probably the last thing you want to do. Like I said before, I always want God to tell me right in that instance what His plans are.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14.
If our prayers we were answered quickly, we most likely would not notice or praise God’s divine work. While God does not always answer in the timing and manner we want, persistent prayer leads to more fruitful things than you could ever imagine.
Reflect on past times that God has remained steadfast and supplied all your needs in periods of waiting, and give Him praise. Humble yourself and praise God that He is in control. Trust in His plan and that He is working out everything for good in your life.
Pray and wait for the Lord. The best is yet to come!