One of the hardest things to do as a Christian is to wait on the Lord. All too often impatience robs God’s people of answers to prayers and the blessings God has for them because they cannot wait on God. They are too impatient. Their attention span is short. It’s like they have a spiritual attention deficit disorder. Their minds wander.
Other things capture their attention that takes the place of their focus on God. It doesn’t take long for them to forget what they wanted God to do in the first place. Because God didn’t act immediately, they give up. Have you ever been here?
What does it take to be able to wait on the Lord?
Lamentations 3:25-26 NLT The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So, it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.
Waiting on the Lord is a real expression of faith. When God’s people seek Him and His divine help and have the faith to actually rely on God and depend on Him to come to their rescue, God responds with goodness.
God instructs His people to “wait quietly.” When you go to God, do not help Him by offering your solutions to your need or problem. Be quiet. Trust God to do what is needed. “Helping” Him with your suggestions shows you lack of faith in Him. Wait quietly for Him to respond in His time. Be patient. He can handle it. So be still.
Psalm 37:7 NLT Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.
God may respond to your prayer immediately, but He may not. It is when God does not respond immediately that your faith is tested. Do not get impatient. Do not get distracted. Do not forget what you have asked God for and forget the whole thing. These are examples of faith that failed.
Do not lose your faith. Remain patient and wait on the Lord to help you in His schedule, not yours.
Psalm 40:1 NLT I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.
It is true that sometimes God answers your prayer with a “no.” But, God tells you that He heard your prayer but He had other plans. When this happens you will know that God had other plans, and one day you will find out why. (Read my posts, “How Great disappointment Turned Into Great Blessing” published April 29, 2014 about finding out why God sometimes doesn’t answer your prayer in your timing as you want.)
Even though God doesn’t always answer your prayer in your timing, He tells you that if you wait patiently for Him to help you, He will hear your persistent and fervent prayer and respond. So, be patient! Keep praying! Wait on the Lord!
Isaiah 64:4 NLT For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!
In the end, if you remain strong in your faith and wait patiently on God you will see Him work in your life.
Remain hopeful! Your Heavenly Father loves you, hears you and wants nothing but the best for you. Rely on His judgment to know what is best. Pray continuously with great anticipation!
Have a great day!
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