Waiting on God

AUTHOR:  Becky Guth

On May 5, Americans observe the National Day of Prayer. Waiting on God is an important part of prayer, isn’t it?  And sometimes it’s hard to understand why God delays when we cry out for help.

Most parents would agree that their children don’t want to wait for anything. The last thing kids want to hear is Mom say, “Not now.” It can prompt anger, frustration, and sadness. Consider, too, a child whose parents always give her whatever she asks, as soon as she asks for it. That child has little opportunity to learn patience or gratitude.
We, too, want everything done quickly — and new gadgets constantly pop up to meet those demands and encourage our impatience. We are not used to waiting, and the more technology caters to us, the less we feel willing to wait.

God may have some of these things in mind when our prayers go unanswered for a while. As the psalmist encourages, “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” (Psalm 27:14).

I love the thought that “God is working while we wait” – to think that something is still happening while nothing is happening. God uses waiting to change us.

God wants us to learn how to follow him and to do away with our demanding selves — to calm that screaming child in us. One way he helps us do this is to say, “Wait.” That miserable, uncomfortable, sometimes painful state of silence is one of God’s most powerful tools.  It helps us learn to trust – trust that God is powerful and good and loving.  Believing that God is loving means that there is care and purpose behind all that he does. God invites us to trust in his goodness today and his faithfulness tomorrow. Relinquishing control to him is the main way to experience his love and peace.  : )

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