Do you get impatient with God’s timing?
David repeatedly charged God with delay and cried out, “How long must your servant wait?” (Psalms 119:84). Mary and Martha also accused Jesus of being too slow. “Jesus, if You had come as soon as we called, our brother would not have died.” Jesus loved them, and He was not negligent. He knew His timing, and He was awaiting the time when He could show them greater power, greater glory, and a greater revelation of Himself as the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25). He knew that He had something better for them.
Why could God be delaying? He knows what He will do for His people who will wait for Him. When you are tempted to take matters into your own hands, remember Ishmael! The world is still suffering the warring consequences of Abraham’s failure to wait on God (Genesis 16:12b, 25:18b). Isaiah said, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4).
Waiting on God will test the perseverance of our prayers. Habakkuk 3 is one of the classic revival passages in the Bible. Habakkuk prayed, “LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:1-2). He was in awe of the amazing things God had done in the past, but “God, do it again! Show us Your power as You have done before!” Habakkuk had revival vision; he was certain that the Holy One was coming to fulfill His everlasting purposes.
First, however, He may hide His awesome power (Habakkuk. 3:3-6), and in the meantime, there might be pestilence and plague. But Habakkuk was sure that God had marched forth before in salvation for His people and vengeance on His enemies (Habakkuk. 3:8-15), and he appealed to God to remember mercy and send His redemptive work.
Two Scriptural examples of people who did not wait on God give us lessons on the disastrous consequences of not waiting. God took the kingdom from Saul because of his impatience (1 Samuel 13:8-14). When God’s people forgot Him and did not wait for His counsel, He sent upon them wasting disease or leanness of soul (Psalms 106:13,15).
You are probably all too painfully aware of times when you did not seek God’s counsel and ran ahead of Him. Repent of these, and ask God’s forgiveness. Ask Him for “fatness” of soul in your life with Him. Ask Him to encourage you when you are impatient with waiting for the answer to prayer that you have desired the longest.
Ask Him to give you grace to keep your hope fixed in the God-of-the-impossible.