Are You Willing to Wait?

I’ve recently completed a study on Moses and his leadership of the Israelites out of Egypt. It’s been fascinating to take a deeper dive into this period of time as well as get a better understanding of the relationship Moses had with God and the people. (Click here to check it out.)

Because of Moses’ faith and trust in God, mind-boggling miracles took place. Oceans split in two. Water gushed forth from a rock. Food fell from heaven every day. It’s hard to imagine, right? 

Yet chapter after chapter, when the people didn’t get their way, they moaned and complained against their leader. This went on for forty years! Can you imagine the patience Moses had to have; the patience God had to have with a people who didn’t seem to comprehend all that He was doing in their lives?

Plus, this 40-year trek should’ve only taken a couple of weeks! A couple of weeks!

Many times, we get impatient with God when our “couple of weeks journey” ends up taking a lot longer. We wonder if He’s forgotten us or our requests. We, like the Israelites can forget all the miracles God has done in our lives because our latest pleas seem to be being ignored.

I can assure you that a) God has not forgotten you, b) He did hear your prayer, and c) He’s working on it.

Our job is to have faith that He will answer and when He does? Oceans will split. Water will gush from a rock. Food will fall out of the sky.

So, what do we do while we are waiting? Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Thank God every day that He is answering your prayer because He is. Even if you don’t see it yet, He is working on it…or something a whole lot better. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
  2. Read about His promises in the Bible to so many other people so that you build up your faith. Remember, if God did it for them, He will do it for you. (Hebrews 13:8)
  3. Be a blessing to someone. There are so many hurting people in the world today. Use your waiting time to help someone in need. (Galatians 5:13)
  4. Imagine your answered prayer. Every day spend time getting a clear picture of what your request is. Until you believe it and see it on the inside, it won’t happen on the outside. (Hebrews 11:1)
  5. Use your words wisely. Don’t undo your prayers with negative words. Thanking God one day for an answered prayer and the next complaining that it isn’t answered. Speak God’s Words. (Proverbs 13:3

Soon, a new season will be upon us. Days will be longer and brighter. The wait for spring will be over and once again, God has fulfilled His promise. Let’s use this time to thank God for His goodness, for answering our prayers, but most of all for being the amazing Father that He is to His beloved children.

“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:9-11 NKJV)

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