How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me? Psalm 31:1
Has this ever been your thoughts? Do you feel as if your prayers hit the ceiling and shatter back down upon you like so much glitter? In the depths of your soul do you question if there was something you did to make God mad and turn away?
God doesn’t turn from His children as long as they confess their sins. Jesus shed His blood for that reason- so we could approach the throne of the Almighty, and as they say in the movies, “have an audience with the King.” So, why is it that we feel there are times when the throne is empty to us?
Perhaps it is because we are not willing to obediently accept the answer that ahs been whispered into our souls. God is not a “Yes” man. He doesn’t cater to our whims like a milk-toast parent to a strong willed and whiny child. He doesn’t give us what we want to shut us up. He is more lovingly stern than that because He only wants the best for us.
We can’t see what the future holds. We do not see the things happening in other’s lives who will dovetail into ours, or the scenario that will come just at the precise time. All we see is the now.
Scripture tells us to wait upon the Lord. So much easier to recite than to actually do it. Abraham had to wait on the Lord for his son Isaac. When he took matters into his own hands, so to speak, and produce Ishmael, Abraham set in motion a conflict between Arab and Jesus that lasts even today. How much better if he had waited a bit longer? David had to wait for his son to build the Temple he wanted to build for God. The ex-Egyptian slaves in the desert had to wait 40 years until they learned all the lessons God had for them and had molded them into a great nation of believers.
I am sure there are many more incidences. But there is one thing they had in common. They had to choose God’s timing or their own. So do we. Tenth Avenue North, the contemporary Christian band sings a newer song called “I’m Worn”. They sing that their heart is so heavy it takes every effort just to keep breathing. Do you feel worn out from praying and not receiving the answer? Then take to heart their answer- they continue in the song to say God can give them rest. Hear the testimony and hear the song.
Listen, and learn- rest in His timing and trust. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but if we do….