For this computer and microwave world we live in, one of the most difficult things for all of us to do is to wait. At work, when my computer is experiencing latency, I feel compelled to apologize to the customer on the phone for having to wait on the system to pull up their account. Waiting on an important phone call seems like a never ending, unbearable, void in the time space continuum. I feel like I must have fallen into a black hole somehow and now I am unreachable. I want to pick up the phone and dial information just to see if the phone is working.
Maybe something has happened to the other person and they are unable to make a call. They must have been in an accident or stricken with a sudden, serious illness. Maybe I have offended them in some way and they never want to speak to me again. There has got to be a logical explanation for why they haven’t tried to contact me by now. Its been more than a reasonable amount of time for them to respond. Now they’re just avoiding me.
Most of us have the same feelings when we pray expecting and get no immediate results. In the context of Isaiah 40:31 it is written (KJV), “those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” The NIV says, “Those who hope in the Lord shall renew their strength.” So which is correct? Do we wait or do we hope? Lets just say we do both.
It has been said that God is the God of “just in time.” That doesn’t mean that God is a procrastinator. He doesn’t wait until the last minute to get things done. It simply means that God sometimes waits until we are done trying everything we can do to make the situation happen so he can get the glory for the outcome. Once we get out of the way and let God take over, then He can do what He does best. He can bring about a miraculous change that, in the natural, seemed impossible, but in the spiritual would have already been done if we had just given Him the authority to do it and quit trying to meddle in His business.
Ask in faith believing. Then give it to God. Its kind of like calling in to a radio talk show. “This is what I got to say, God. I know you’re going to do it. I’ll hang up and listen.” Then wait for the reply. Don’t invent trouble and worry. Just hang up and listen.
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