Are you waiting on the Lord?
Perhaps you've been praying
feverishly amidst a troubling circumstance in your life, and so far God
has remained silent. Maybe through a volley of tears with arms lifted
high, you've asked in faith for God to provide physical healing, a new
job; restoration to your marriage or financial provisions to see you
through another day. Whatever your situation and whatever your prayers,
still God remains silent. Have you ever been in this predicament?
Are you there right now?
Waiting on the Lord is sometimes
easier said than done and can be agonizingly difficult when our prayers
go unanswered. I know this because I'm waiting on the Lord. I'm waiting
for God to heal my wife from a long suffering ailment so she can return
to work. I'm waiting with anticipation for God to direct my path and set
my feet on solid ground with meaningful employment after months of
So what do we do when our Heavenly Father
delays answers to our prayers? It's simple. We pray more! And when you
think He's not heeding your call for help, its then you need to latch
yourself to His Word. God's promises are sure fire and bullet proof. His
divine words can provide comfort and hope for a spirit filled with
uncertainty and fear. Here is one such verse which assures us that God
has our backs! "God will meet all your needs according to the riches
of his glory in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19 NIV)
that include relational conflicts, bills, health concerns or the need
for employment? Yes! God knows what we need and He wants us to wait
patiently for Him to answer our prayers, but He also wants us to wait
expectantly and to have the faith to realize that He's going to keep his
word. "I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has
promised." Psalm 130:5 (TLB)
Recently I was in a craft store
with my wife, and as we meandered about, the words on a small
cross-stitch project caught my eye. In that moment, I felt God's
presence in my circumstances, a subtle reminder of His faithfulness to
bring about change and provide hope for the future. The craft showed a
picture of a church nestled in a green country meadow covered in
flowers. Above it read, "Everything is possible with God." This verse is
Matthew chapter 19, verse 26.
As my wife browsed, I pondered
those five simple words and how they applied to my own life, especially
because waiting on the Lord is difficult for an impatient person like
me! I know that God loves me and that I'm saved by faith through grace
because of Jesus's death and resurrection; but have I really taken the
time to consider that with God all things are possible? That He can and
will see me through each and every plight I face as I learn to trust Him
I'm trying, so please pray for me!
But what I also know is this. God is in control and I'm not. He sees the
big picture and I don't, and He will honor my patience and yours.
Together we can be assured of these truths as we wait on the Lord. Keep
praying and never lose hope that God is completely faithful, flawlessly
trustworthy and voraciously in love with you! And as we wait upon the
Lord together, let's make this our directive...
"Wait for the
Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." (Psalm 27:14