Waiting on God for answers to our prayers is one of the hardest things we face in this life...and everyone must face waiting...it's not a question of if it will happen, because we all will be called on to wait during our life time...the only question that remains, is how we will wait. Will we wait with bitterness, anger, discouragement, or fear in our heart... or with an eager anticipation of what God is going to do... knowing that God has promised to take care of us, to meet our needs and to want only the best for us. Like so many things in life, we have no control over waiting, but we do have control over how we will react when we are waiting.
You may feel like you are the only person who has had to wait. It may seem to you, like God has abandoned you or forgotten you because you've had to wait for what seem like an unreasonable amount of time. The Bible is full of examples of many great people of faith who had to wait many, many years to see the fulfillment of God's promises in their lives. Think of Noah...he had 120 years to wait before the flood came and God fulfilled his promise. Abraham had been promised he would be the father of many nations, but he was 100 and Sarah 90, before they had their son Issac. Joseph endured many years as a slave and then languished in prison, before he saw the fulfillment of God's revelations to him. These are just a few examples. God is never in a hurry... but He is always on time!
What can we learn in our waiting? We can learn more about God Himself. We are not alone in our waiting...He is with us, giving us His strength, comforting us and encouraging us and working in us things that have lasting, eternal value. The Bible says that God knows every day we live, before we have even lived one day. He knows what each day holds in store for us. He has a plan in place to redeem all the enemy means for harm and to work for our good and His glory. In times of waiting, we learn to trust Him like never before... we can only trust someone that we know well and who has proven themselves to us. We only learn to really trust God, when our faith has been tried and tested and we have first hand knowledge of His faithfulness...when we see for ourselves that He keeps His word and that His promises are true. During times of waiting, we learn that the Lord sees things that we can't see...He sees the bigger picture of our lives...He sees from beginning to end, while we can only see the small portion right in front of us. We learn to lean on Him and not our own understanding of things. We can learn to live without fear and to walk by faith. There are so many things that we have no control over in this life. The only things we truly have control over is how we choose to respond to what happens to us. We can let our times of trials and waiting make us bitter, or we can choose to allow them to make us better. Asking God to help us "wait well" makes our times of waiting much easier.
Messages on Waiting
SCRIPTURES ON WAITINg
Waiting On God's Timing message by Dr. Charles Stanley, Pt. 1