“Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:4-5
God always answers prayer.
His “yes” answer is exhilarating, faith inspiring.
His “no” answer can be difficult.
His “wait” answer, for me, is often the most difficult.
Not too long ago, I found myself in such a situation.
“Wait,” He whispered to my heart. “Wait,” He showed me in His Word. “Wait.”
What I wanted to do was right, godly, needful, yet still, He wanted me to wait.
Waiting in this particular circumstance was trying; daily logistics were difficult and to top it off, due to the private nature of the situation, my extended family and friends didn’t have the inside scoop and must have naturally made negative assumptions. God reminded me of Noah. Clearly, he looked foolish to others, yet Noah trusted God and proceeded to do as told.
Adhering to God’s timetable stretched my faith, and tried my courage.
At the time, those many months felt dark. But now that time has passed, I can see more clearly the necessity of that difficult waiting period.
I had to look beyond my circumstances and what I could see; my view was limited. I had to look at it from God’s perspective – His all encompassing knowledge and wisdom, His unending love, and His perfect sufficiency.
There were more important things than what people thought, or what would make day to day life easier. Eternal consequences were at stake. Had I rushed things, the outcome would have not been favorable.
The Lord’s timing is always for our good and His glory. Let us be determined to
seek and obey His will,
trust His perfect timing,
and wait until He gives the signal to proceed.