Tuesday, 22 March 2016

When God Makes You Wait

Have you ever prayed to God for something and feel he hasn’t come through? Or he took a lot longer to come through with what you were asking for? Or he came through, just not in the way you were hoping or expecting?

I feel like most of the time, when I ask God for something, He never comes through when I want him to. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t come through for me, in fact he always does, but he does it on a different schedule than what I want. 

While I appreciate his support, I find it really frustrating when I ask him for some financial support to pay a big bill, and he waits over a month to come through the week that bill is due, or even worse, the day before. 
God, this doesn’t fit with my control-freak, organised lifestyle! I’m much more of a pay-the-bill-when-you-get-the-bill kind of girl. Why do you make me wait?

John 11:5-6 says, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days,”
He loved them, so he waited? They told him that his dear friend was sick, and asked for his healing, yet Jesus waited. They sent word to him, expecting him to come immediately, and heal Lazarus while he was sick, not wait for him to die. If Jesus loved them, why did he make them wait? Why did he let Lazarus die?

I asked God about this and when He answered I was further in awe of Him. He loved them, so he made them wait, because His timing is better than ours. He loved them, so he made them wait, because bringing Lazarus back from the dead is more miraculous than healing him from a sickness. He loves me, so he makes me wait, because I need to get better at trusting him.

Trust in God’s timing and in His judgement, it is far greater than ours.

2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

This article was originally published on Over The Moon Magazine

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