Friday, September 10.
The story is told in the American Messenger, 1922 about the little girl who was very worried about how her train would cross over all the rivers the train encountered? She was afraid of the rivers and several wide streams. It awakened doubts and fears in the child. But as they reached a river or a stream, a bridge appeared and furnished the way. After three experiences, the child leaned back with relief and without fear anymore. “Somebody has put bridges for us all the way!” she said with trusting confidence.
Do you trust God? Most believers will quickly answer yes. But stop and consider if that’s true in your prayer life. When your need is urgent but God isn’t answering as soon as you desire, do you still trust Him? Scenarios like this lead some believers to doubt that the Lord has His children’s best interests at heart.
However, Isaiah 64:4 assures us that God “acts on behalf of those who wait for him” (NIV). Joseph had to wait in very difficult circumstances before the Lord set him free from prison and gave him authority as a ruler in EgyptGenesis 37:18-27; Genesis 39:19-20). From an outsider’s viewpoint, it didn’t look as if God was acting on Joseph’s behalf. But from a heavenly perspective, events were right on track (50:20).
The same is true in your life. During a period of waiting, God could be preparing you for a future answer that will come at just the right time. Or He might be teaching you to trust Him so you can walk by faith rather than sight. Another possibility is that your desire would ultimately involve something against His will, and withholding it serves as protection.I waited 11 months tarrying in a little village for safety from a civil war in my country. Those days I could not even get tooth paste or bath soap. I had to use laundry bar soap. God protected me through it all. I waited ten years to fulfill a dream to pursue graduate studies here in the United States, but God made it possible.
I do not know what you are waiting for this morning. You may never find out why God delays answering your prayer. As your pastor, I am positive you can always trust in His goodness, wisdom, and love.
Memory verse: Isiah 40:31.
“Patience is the art of hoping” (Luc de Clapiers)