After you have prayed and cried, and cried and prayed; He has heard your cry. Never think that the God that sits high and looks low, and who is all seeing, don’t see or hear your hearts concerns. It has been said that even when you don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit maketh intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. (KJV) Romans 8:26 God may not show up when you need Him, but you will be grateful when He do!
John 9:31 states; Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them. Psalms 145:19
While most of us are in a hurry, it seems God is usually not in a hurry. The Scriptures say He is slow at going about things. It seems He always has a plan and a purpose for everything.
The problem with waiting is not having all the details. From our perspective, we have everything figured out and we want God to move within our timeframe.
But God rarely does things according to our timeframe, and because of this we can easily get discouraged. If we aren’t careful, we’ll think He’s uncaring or mad at us. When in actuality He is refining us, making us better, giving us patience, long suffering.
In the Gospels we see this happening to Mary and Martha while they are waiting on Jesus to come and heal their brother, Lazarus. When Jesus finally shows up, He is accused of taking too long. Also the woman with the issue of blood. She waited twelve years, before she was healed.
God always has good reasons for making us wait. Waiting is a part of life and one of God’s tools for developing people. The Bible is full of stories of people having to wait on God, such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, David, Daniel, Jesus, Paul and countless others.
REASONS WHY GOD ALLOWS US TO WAIT
1. WAITING REVEALS OUR TRUE MOTIVES
Waiting has a way of bringing out the best or worst in people. People who don’t have good motives won’t wait long because they’re not interested in the commitment it takes to see something through. They’re interested in short-term gains or success.
Most of us have good intentions, but a lot of what we want to accomplish is an attempt to make a name for ourselves or for our own egos, which it’s often true more times than not.
2. WAITING BUILDS PATIENCE IN OUR LIVES
Patience in waiting for small things leads to having patience in the bigger things. If we can’t wait for God to do a small thing, we certainly can’t wait for something bigger.
Our problem is our perspective is usually wrong. We tend to think the bigger things in life are finances and possessions, while God thinks influencing and changing people is more important.
3. WAITING BUILDS ANTICIPATION
Why do children get so excited around Christmas? Because the wait has produced anticipation. We tend to appreciate things the longer we have to wait for them.
Because of having to wait so long, we tend to cherish and take care of it more than others might. People tend to treasure the things they have to wait for.
4. WAITING TRANSFORMS OUR CHARACTER
Waiting has a way of rubbing off the rough edges of our lives. Most of us know the story of Moses delivering the Israelites from the Egyptians. It’s a story of God doing great miracles.
A few sermons talk about Moses having to wait in the desert 40 years before God came to him. God used this time of waiting to transform his character. We know this because when he was a young man he was brash and impatient. In his impetuousness he killed a man and hid the body. When his sin was made public, he ran for his life and was exiled to the desert. When he was given a second chance he opted to do it God’s way and in God’s time.
In the end, the Israelites were delivered from slavery and Moses became a great leader. Waiting transformed the life of Moses and will do the same for us.
5. WAITING BUILDS INTIMACY AND DEPENDENCY IN GOD
The reason we are able to read about the great men and women of the Bible is because they all had one thing in common. They were all people who learned their success in life was directly proportionate to their intimacy and dependency upon God. For them, a relationship with God wasn’t a get rich quick scheme. For many of them it was a matter of life and death.
Waiting during the difficult times developed their relationship with God. Some of the most intimate relationships we have in our lives are because a friend stood in the trenches with us during the heat of the battle.
We can believe God is just as interested in the journey as he is the destination. If not, all the biblical accounts would only include the feel good parts and not the good, the bad and the ugly of the times of waiting. We may not always understand why we have to wait, but the good news is that God never asks us to wait without Him.
ENCOURAGE YOURSELF: Continue to pray, be steadfast, un-moveable, because God will answer your prayers in due time. God may not show up when you want him, but you’ll be glad when He does.