“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act.” (Psalm 37:7 NLT)
We were all born with an overabundance of patience, right? I mean, waiting for the bus to come, waiting for a kettle to boil, waiting for those vegetable seeds we planted to sprout - it’s just something we love to do. Wait. How about waiting for an answer to prayer? I’m sure we are all really good at that…NOT!
I recently read an article in Today’s Christian Woman about waiting for God to answer our prayers. The writer said she had learned a lot over the years about waiting on the Lord and about God’s “curious tendency to delay His replies.” I love the way she put that. Shirley, our Transitional Pastor’s wife, says “God is never late, but he sure cuts it close!” Gotta love that!
David was the ultimate petitioner, praiser, and pleader, yet he was often exacerbated and exasperated by the Lord. Yet no matter how long he had to wait for an answer from God, he never doubted that the God was listening to him.
Paul and Silas knew a little about waiting for God. Attacked, beaten, jailed and locked up tight so no escape could be found, they were in a pretty miserable state. But later that night God showed up. In the meantime, our two jailbirds sang and worshiped the Lord. They waited for God.
God hears and answers ALL prayers. In His time. In His way. How many times have you heard someone say “And sometimes the answer is “No.” Yikes, that can be a tough one to take when we’re anxious. Take heart; God knows we’re anxious. He knows we want the answer now. He also knows what is best for us. We can trust that He knows what is best for us, because He does. We can trust that He knows when the time is right for us, because He does. And, most importantly, we can trust that He loves us.
So what do we do in the meantime while we’re patiently waiting on God?
We could sing as Paul and Silas did. Hardly practical if we all burst into song while at work! While waiting for God we could wait on others. Take a shut-in a meal, volunteer at your local food bank; read to children in the local library - there are so many ways to do it. And when you wait patiently, God will suddenly be there with an answer.
Don’t give up! God is paying attention.
“While they are still speaking I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)
'Til next time.