“What Is God Doing?”

If the Bible says, “Call unto me and I will answer” (Jeremiah 33:3), what is God doing when I call unto Him?  Or, more specifically, “When is He going to answer me?”  Every person reading this has called unto God in desperation at one time or another and then was forced to “wait” for an answer.  Why is that?  Some may wonder if their prayer was really heard or is God too busy to respond.  Then there is the hard thought which is, “Does He even care about me?”

 

Praying for something and having to wait for the answer is as old as the Old Testament.  One of the hardest things to do on our walk with the Lord, is waiting for Him to answer our prayers.  When there are divine delays we often create our own problems by trying to work things out ourselves. Abraham and Sarah got anxious as they were waiting for God’s promise of a son to be fulfilled.  Ten years passed and no child.  Agreeing to sleep with Hagar (Sarah’s handmaid), a son was born when Abraham was 86 years old.  Of course this was totally out of the will of God and severe consequences had to be paid and they were.

 

Taking things out of God’s hands is never a good idea.  But why does God wait so long to answer our prayers?  Perhaps for the same reason He waited to fulfill His promise to Abraham and Sarah.  The promised child did come – Abraham was now 100 years old (he had waited 25 years for this promise to be fulfilled) before Isaac was born!  But why does God wait?

 

In my opinion, if Abraham and Sarah had the physical ability to have a child, the glory for the birth of Isaac would have at least partially gone to them.  But since Sarah was well past the age of child-bearing, the glory has to ALL go entirely to God.  In your situation, maybe God is waiting until there is absolutely nothing more you can do – it’s out of your hands.  When the answer comes – HE GETS ALL THE GLORY!!  Ephesians 2:9 says, “So that no one can boast.”  Remember, the birth of Christ was promised – but His birth didn’t come until over 1,000 years had passed.  Why does God wait?  Galatians 4:4 says, “In the fullness of time when everything is right.”  Whatever your need, you have not been overlooked or forgotten – the timing isn’t right.  God may appear slow, but He’s NEVER LATE!!  Don’t let a delay discourage you.  Keep on believing, the answer is on the way.  And don’t be surprised when it comes if it’s different than what you prayed for – but it will be much, much better.  That’s how God works!!

 

Pastor Carnes