We’ve all been there. Something that we are desperately seeking God for…an answer, a miracle, guidance, understanding. Whatever it is we long for God to grant our request. Job probably understood this feeling more than anyone. He was a righteous and Godly man, yet God allowed Satan to do havoc in Job’s life. In a single day we find that Job lost all his cattle, all his sheep and all of his children…yet still Job honored God. Satan goes back to God and whines that God has a hedge of protection around Job and if he removes it Job would curse God. So God allows Satan to take Job’s health also but does not allow Satan to take Job’s life. The Bible tells us that Job was covered from the top of his head to the sole of his feet with boils. Now that you know go back and read Job 6:8 again and hear the longing in Job’s voice.
King David also found himself longing for God to answer him. In Psalm 6:6 David says, “I am weary from my groaning; with my tears I dampen my pillow and drench my bed every night.” In Psalm 39:12, we read, “Hear my prayer, Lord and listen to my cry for help; do not be silent at my tears.”
Haven’t you been there too? But David not only wanted answers…he wanted them quickly. Read the following Psalms:
But you, O Lᴏʀᴅ, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid! (Psalm 22:19) Make haste to help me, O Lᴏʀᴅ, my salvation! (Psalm 38:22)
Be pleased, O Lᴏʀᴅ, to deliver me! O Lᴏʀᴅ, make haste to help me! (Psalm 40:13)
You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God! (Psalm 40:17)
Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O Lᴏʀᴅ, make haste to help me! (Psalm 70:1)
But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lᴏʀᴅ, do not delay! (Psalm 70:5)
O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! (Psalm 71:12)
O Lᴏʀᴅ, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you! (Psalm 141:1)
When we find ourselves in a place where we long for God to step in and give an answer or help us in a difficult time, it’s important that we turn to the promises throughout the Bible.
Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
And Romans 8:28 says, “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
For me, the waiting for God’s timing is the hardest. Like David, I want God to hurry up. It’s so hard to seem like you’re just sitting and waiting. However, its in these moment that God deepens your faith in Him and grows you to prepare you for His purpose. In the meantime, while we wait, we can trust him to supply our every need and that He will work everything out according to His plan and purpose…which is always for our good and is always the best plan. So keep praying. Don’t give up. But also know that God is always working, often in ways we cannot see, and when His answer is delivered it will be the very best answer. David knew that. In Psalm 69:13 he says, “But as for me, Lord, my prayer to you is for a time of favor. In Your abundant, and faithful love, God, answer me with Your sure salvation. And because of God’s abundant and faithful love, we know that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). So as you long for and wait for God’s answer and God’s timing, take a moment and rest in his abundant and faithful love. Surrender your need…your dreams…your problems to Him and trust Him to work things out for your very best…even if the answer you get isn’t the one you wanted.
Oh…and for Job…his faithfulness to God was rewarded. In Job 42:12 we find God blessed Job with more sheep, cattle, oxen, and camels then he had before. Job also had seven more sons and three daughters. God will reward you in His own way for your faithfulness to Him. Just be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).