As the days, weeks, months or decades pass, our faith gets tested. Are you like me, looking at the calendar like, okay God. I’ve waited long enough!
Does your faith begin to waiver in the valley of waiting on God’s perfect timing?
You believe in your mind that the pregnancy test should have been positive by now. Or better yet, the bundle of joy should be in your arms right at this moment.
The promotion at your job is lingering on your mind. Your work ethic supersedes your manger’s expectations. The long hours, reliability and dedication speak for themselves. And yet, you are still looking at that desk calendar wondering when the deserved promotion will come to be.
The prayers regarding your husband and marriage have been numerous in number. The tears have soaked the pillow more times than you can count. Okay, God, I’ve prayed and waited. But when…when will my marriage be all that you planned it to be? When will my husband be the spiritual leader of our home? When will he love me as Christ loves the church?
I’ve prayed fervently
And prayed some more
You pull out your mental checklist:
Our loving Father in heaven is not on our timetable. This bubble was busted for me during several different seasons of my life. God knows how his children roll. He knows all too well that his children want instant results. Even during biblical times, we see stories of people waiting. We can look at Sarah and Abraham for example. Sarah and Abraham received a promise. No second-guessing for them. But, we find that years (even decades) pass and still no baby. What did Sara do? She had her servant lay with Abraham to fulfill God’s promise. The waiting period caused Sara to not only lose faith, but mistake God’s promise.
But if we are honest, we do the same. We make modern day Ishmaels because God doesn’t move fast enough.
But friend, we can trust God’s perfect timing.
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
God is sovereign. If we were meant for the prayer to be answered, it would have happened by now.
I want to encourage you to reflect on moments where your prayers were answered at the right time.
Spend time thanking God for His perfect timing. And if your faith has begun to waiver, repent and trust that God loves you and knows what is best.
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Hold on to this truth, friend.
Have you been there, done that? Has your faith been tested in the midst of your waiting?