Micah 7:7 But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
We’ve all been there. We’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting for God to hear us, to give us some sort of sign or guidance. Maybe you’re going through this right now. This has to be one of the most difficult things for me as a Christian. I think this is mostly because of how incredibly close I feel to God when I do get an answer right away. When I don’t get an answer, I start to feel forgotten or rejected. Have you felt this separation and perhaps even frustration?
It hurts to feel like we are being rejected or ignored. But we do know that God always hears us. As it says in the verse above, “…my God will hear me”. We know this, but in our moments of insecurity and brokenness, we let the evil one put doubt in our hearts and minds. So what do we do to hold fast to our beliefs while we are in waiting?
- Keep praying! No matter what answers you do or don’t receive, you’ve got to keep praying. That is the one true way to have a relationship with our Father. Don’t let yourself get too distracted, too disappointed, or too hopeless to keep up in your prayer life. God HEARS you.
- Have faith. When we read God’s word, we see so many instances where incredible men and women of God were forced to wait. Joseph, Abraham & Sarah, Noah, Moses, and Jesus were all made to wait until the time was just right for God to give blessings or to have His people do His works. Can you imagine being Noah, building this huge floating structure in a place where it didn’t rain? What faith he must have had to endure the mocking. Everyone thought he was crazy! But he kept his faith in the Lord and it is because of that faith that we even have life today!
- Trust His wisdom. Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. We know because of His words and because of His past blessings, He is always working on things for our good. The best thing I can say about this is to remember a time when God did provide for you; whether financially, with guidance in life, help making a decision, or whatever else he provided for you. Do not forget what He has done for you. This will help you remember what He is DOING for you right now, even if you can’t see it. God knows what we need better than we do and He knows what is best for us and for His kingdom.
I’ve recently gotten an answer to a prayer I’ve been praying for the last two years. It’s been torturous, to say the least, waiting on this answer. But, when I reflect on what’s happened in the last two years and how far I’ve come, I realize why God waited. And there’s probably many more reasons than I am capable of knowing for this waiting period. And now that it’s over, looking back on the pain and uncertainty makes me feel so strong. But I can truly see how He has aligned everything in my life to make this way for me.
“Waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.” – John Ortberg
Today’s prayer: Lord, I trust you. I trust your timing. I am struggling waiting for answers to my prayers. Please help me to not give up my hope in you and to trust that you are working continually on things in my life; both for my good and the good of your kingdom. Give me strength to fight the evil one and his tempting lies he would have me believe. Help me to know I am a beloved child of yours and am never forgotten.
Friend, I hope whatever challenge you are facing at the moment, you will trust in God to give you what you need and to be working behind the scenes. God is good! His love endures forever! (Psalm 136) Remember that today. I pray you find peace in your heart.
Love in Christ,