“How Long Must I Wait?”

Waiting is hard!  We often complain, why is the doctor taking so long to see me?  I hate this traffic and it’s getting worse every day!!  Where’s my ride?  They should be here by now!  Some people may handle this better than others, but our impatience (and sometimes character) begins to show when we have to wait.  Especially – after a long wait, we must WAIT some more!  So now it’s confession time.  Have you ever gotten upset, angry or frustrated with God because you’ve been praying and praying for something and it seems your words are falling on deaf ears?  And, sometimes this happens when you feel confident that what you are praying for is something God has laid on your heart or is leading you to do. 


If you feel frustrated and/or confused about – well not your prayers – because you feel they are in line with God’s will, but the frustrating thing is, He is taking His slow sweet time in answering or making things happen.  If God would just throw a nugget of encouragement your way – TODAY – so you know He’s working in your behalf, you’ll feel better.  “What’s He doing anyway?” You may be wondering.  Well, if this is you (and it’s been me, way too many times), at least we are in good company.  King David has written some of the most beautiful prayers in scripture.  I’ll let you evaluate his emotional state in Psalm 13 but he appears frustrated to me.  “How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever?  How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?  How long will my enemy triumph over me?” (vs 1,2).


As the final verses of the chapter are read, you get the sense David’s attitude of prayer turned from frustration to HOPE.  He (David) says, “BUT (I love that word because it means something is about to change), I TRUST in YOUR unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation” (v 5).  Reading those words makes me think David is thinking about past days when he was in need and God showed up.  “My heart rejoices in your salvation,” he says.  There’s no better answer to anyone’s prayer than KNOWING their sins have been forgiven.  As you go through your day, remembering your salvation experience will also remind you of the faithfulness, unfailing love and patience God had with you in the past.  He is now your Father and knows what’s best for you.  I know you’re anxious, but God isn’t deaf, He’s not sleeping nor disinterested.  He also knows your anxious and getting nervous.   Sometimes delays aren’t because of you, but He’s putting the right people in the right place to do the right things at the right time in your behalf.  So, while you wait, give Him thanks for all the things He’s doing right now that will be to your benefit in the future.  His love for you is UNFAILING also and He has you’re your best at heart.  Listen closely and you’ll hear Him say, “I Got This!  YOU CAN TRUST ME!!”


Pastor Carnes