Do you ever get tired of waiting on answered prayer? Do you wonder why God hasn’t responded immediately or at least soon after you made the request? God’s timing is perfect. It doesn’t always feel like it to us, but it is. He knows the beginning from the end and He will answer us when the time is right. I used to get so frustrated waiting on an answer to something that seemed so simple for the Creator of the Universe to do. Why did He make me wait? Thankfully I am a bit better at the waiting now. 😉 I have learned that His timing really is perfect. There have been too many answered prayers in my life that have often happened at what seemed like a minute to midnight, for me not to have learned I can trust Him completely! I have also learned that if I submit to Him during those times of waiting He will use that time to make me more like His Son. It is during those times that I learn patience and often long suffering. These two fruits of the Spirit are seldom, if ever, developed in times of comfort.
If you are waiting on God for an answer, submit yourself to His timing. Keep seeking your answer but while you seek, know that His timing is perfect. Also know that He is trustworthy. Here are a just a few verses that you may want to memorize for those times of waiting…
Isaiah 40:31 NIV 31 But those who hope in the Lord will re new their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Lamentations 3:25-26 NIV 25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,to the one who seeks Him; 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Isaiah 64:4 NIV 4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.
Psalm 27:14 NIV 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV 3 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
Habakkuk 2:3 NIV 3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Psalm 33:20-22 NIV 20 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
And finally one of my favorites…
Psalm 27:13-14 NIV 13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Father, we ask that you help us trust You and remain steadfast in our walk with You while we wait on You for our answer. Just like millions before us, You will answer our prayer in Your time and according to Your will. Please use this time of waiting to grow me more like Jesus. Help me allow the Holy Spirit to move in and through me during this time and not grumble or complain. Thank You Father! I ask this now in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
Amen! Thank you for this encouraging word. As a Christian poet and writer, I also pray for God’s guidance over my work but sometimes feel I’m rushing ahead with ideas. May God help us to discern what we’re to do and when and give us the prayers to pray in Jesus’ Name.
very encouraging post… these are very powerful references.
waiting for God to show up is hard, especially when you are going through tribulation. Keeping your heart right while you wait for God to move is crucial. I love Romans 5:3-4, because it breaks it down for me beautifully:
Tribulation produces perseverance – perseverance produces character – character produces hope – and hope produces divine appointments.
Thank you Walter, the process to produce hope can be painful at times but it sure is necessary! Blessings to you too!
As a true believer in God’s Living Word, I strongly believe that as it stands written, that God is a God of justice, righteousness, love, mercy and truth. Now as a believer, I live a life well below the breadline, but this makes my faith stronger day for day, my hope more day for day, and my prayers of humbleness longer and longer day for day, because this has taught me one great lesson, and that is to trust and depend on God only through Jesus Christ His beloved Son.
On the evening news it was said that 54% of South Africans are living below the breadline and 1 out of every 4 South Africans go to bed at night without food. With this they showed a little girl that falls within this group, and the question of God’s justice and mercy came up within my heart of hurt for the poor and needy. Let us for once be honest with ourselves as Christians and before God by answering the following question in the Light of God’s Truth.
Knowing that God is not a respecter of persons and that all are equal in His sight, will God bless any person with a R250,000 luxury car, a R500,000 mansion, when there are little children in the world tonight crying for just a piece of bread to eat? NO!!! God will never do this to little children, for Jesus said; suffer the little children to come unto Me, for unto such belongeth the Kingdom of God.
So to the rich that claim that God has blessed them with abundance of possessions, beware because your boasting and pride is not of God. God will never give some of His children meat to eat and to His other children give them dry bones to chew. Jesus being God’s beloved and faithful Son, whilst He walked the face of this earth, did not have a chariot, horses, camels, or even a donkey. No, Jesus walked with His feet from place to place, doing His Father’s Will. He did not live in a castle or mansion and He did not even have a stone to lay His head down. Now let the rich Christians who foolishly believe that God has blessed them with all their worldly goods, answer the question; Are they better or more worthy than the Son of God Jesus Christ? It seems they lack the knowledge of God’s True Living Word. Just read Psalm 49, Luke 16 v 19 to 31, 1 Timothy 6 v 3 to 15, James 2, James 5 v 1 to 6, 1 John 3 v 15 to 18, Revelation 3 v 15 to 18, and much, much more. Therefore, let us not be tippex Christians that tippex scriptures of God’s Word out, when it becomes too hard to accept, because we are then fooling ourselves and making a mockery of God and His Living Eternal Word of authority and of Power. Let all Christians be willing to obey God’s Voice and commands, daily and unconditionally, because this is the way and Will of God through Jesus Christ, His beloved Son. 1 John 2 v 3 to 6 says it all.