But for you, O LORD, do I wait;
it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
Over time, our expectations about the speed at which people will get back to us have changed. Before the answering machine, we were dependent on snail mail or being lucky enough to call when somebody was available. Once voicemail became a thing the expectation changed to believing people would get back to us as soon as they could. Then came email, which dramatically changed the speed of business. In the early 2000s, texting became a widely adopted form of communication and has evolved to the point we can see when somebody is typing back.
It’s almost surprising when we don’t have immediate access to somebody nowadays. If a text message goes without a reply for ten minutes we assume something is wrong or off. We’ve adopted a mindset that people should be immediately available to us.
That same angst applies to how we communicate with God especially when we are asking Him for guidance, help, or healing. The waiting is hard and can produce fear and discouragement. We begin wondering if God is upset or angry with us and start doubting His love. We begin looking at our own life and actions and start to wonder if we’ve worked hard enough to earn His favor.
The same promise pops up multiple times throughout the Bible – God will answer us. The hard part is that it doesn’t say when or how. The Bible teaches that God works all things out according to His glory and our good. He’s an incredible loving Father who knows what’s best for us.
What these passages encourage us to take hold of is not that we should find hope in an answer, but in the reality that it is God who answers. We can all think back on times in our lives that he’s come through. Maybe there are even times that we didn’t get what we initially wanted, but we can see the clear purpose in the different answer. God will never fail us.
Thought for the day: What answer are you currently waiting on from God? Is your hope in the answered prayer or that God will answer you? What are some ways that God has come through for you in the past?
Prayer: God, help me to put my trust in you and not what you may provide me. Thank You for loving me and wanting what is best for me. In the seasons of waiting, allow me to see the purpose of each day.