It was early in life when I discovered that I had an apparently inborn need for speed. My theory was why walk when you can run? I loved having the wind in my hair, and the faster I went, the better. When I got older, my best friend and I rode our bikes regularly at a nearby state park. There was one long downhill stretch where we were able to hit speeds of between 35 and 40 mph. What a blast! I started riding horses, and I loved galloping across grassy fields, pretending that I was aboard Secretariat in one of the Triple Crown races. I loved fast roller coasters, fast cars and fast motorcycles. The faster things went, the happier it made me!
Maybe you get motion sickness just thinking about some of the things in that first paragraph – my apologies if you do. However, don’t you agree that we all like to get things quickly these days? We don’t like to be stuck in slow traffic when we’re driving. We like to be served quickly at restaurants. We order items on the internet and have them shipped to our homes in a matter of just a day or two. Speaking of the internet, don’t you just hate it when you have to wait…and wait…and wait for a page to load? (I don’t know how we ever survived the days of dial-up internet connections!)
Another time that we hate to wait is when we need or want something from God. These times can be when we’re waiting for something rather small, but sometimes our need is great. We cry out to Him over and over again, and still we wait. My friend, if you are in that place today, I want to tell you that you are not alone. Even the Psalmists often cried out to Him for help, as in these verses:
Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. (Psalm 22:11)
But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. (Psalm 22:19)
Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. (Psalm 31:2)
Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior. (Psalm 38:22)
Some seem to need God’s help even more urgently:
But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay. (Psalm 40:17)
Hasten, O God, to save me; come quickly, Lord, to help me. (Psalm 70:1)
…May your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. (Psalm 79:8)
I have been in that place of waiting for God when I had an urgent need. I didn’t hear anything from God; I didn’t see Him moving on my behalf. I was even afraid that maybe He hadn’t heard me, until I remembered one of my favorite verses: Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! (Psalm 116:2 NLT) Yes, He listens to our prayers, even when we don’t have the answer yet.
I grew to learn that there are blessings in the waiting. The same Psalmists who called out for God’s quick response to their prayers also knew the importance of waiting for His response:
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20)
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. (Psalm 130:5)
Waiting may not be easy. When I’m waiting for anything at all, I want to know how long I have to wait. Amazon will tell me how long I have to wait for my package to arrive, but God doesn’t usually tell me how long I’ll have to wait for His answer. I have found that my faith actually grows during the times of waiting. Here are some verses to encourage you if you are in a place of waiting today:
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! (Isaiah 30:18)
It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:26)
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. (Micah 7:7)
You are blessed when you wait for Him. Waiting for Him is good. Your God will hear you. Those are promises that He makes to us, and He never breaks His word. We can trust Him in the waiting. Here are a couple of suggestions to help you through the waiting:
- Remember times before when He has shown Himself to be faithful to you. He’ll be faithful again.
- Continue to pray and share your heart with Him about your need, but trust that He hears you and is answering, even when you don’t see it yet.
- Reach out to other believers who can help you keep your eyes on Jesus as you wait for His answer. If you know someone who has been through a similar need that was met by God, borrow courage from his or her story.
- Ask others to pray for you as you wait. Ask them to lift up your need to Him but also ask them to pray that your faith will be grown.
His answers are always worth the wait. Take heart, dear ones, and trust Him.