How many times have you asked God this very question? Once, twice or a few hundred times. It’s not just an adult question, our children ask it too. There are matters on all of our hearts in which we are seeking answers. Some of them are of great importance to us, and are mentioned daily in our prayers.There is no one who understands the importance of those matters better than God.
That still leaves the question, How long must I wait? Do we just accept that the answer we are seeking is not Gods will or is the answer simply found in the fact that we are to draw closer to Him in order to find it? Matthew 21:21-22 says1Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” If we are honest with ourselves, when we lay our request at Gods feet, there is a slight undertone of doubt. We fear that we will not be answered or that the answer we receive is not the answer we were seeking.
Philippians 4:4-7 says 4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” When we lay the matters of our heart at the Lords feet, we are meant to leave it there and accept the fact that He has a better understanding of the situation and will bring about the results that are best for us, if we allow it. That’s the tough part. Allowing Him to be in control and letting go of that free will to control the outcome we all want so much. We need to remember Psalm 23:4 says “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, [a] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” This means that there is no part of our lives, be it life or death, that He will not be with us. He is always there, loving us and carrying us through the toughest of times.
Does this answer the question “How long must I wait, O Lord.” No it does not, because what we seek is a time table. However this devotion is meant to bring comfort and understanding, and to serve as a reminder that we must continue to bring our requests in prayer to the Lord. Trusting that His will, will be done and that He knows the desires of your heart.
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