Learning to Wait . . .
Learning to Wait . . .
"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." Psalm 27:1 (KJV)
In my many experiences with people, I find that many of them pray, especially when they are in trouble. But many also feel a disappointment with prayer, because they don't always get what they requested. We all find ourselves in that category at times. Let me offer some suggestions as to why our prayers may not be answered the way we expected.
A. It could be that we are to take care of that need ourselves. God does not generally do for us what He has given us the ability to do. He is not our servant; we are His servants.
B. Perhaps we are asking for the wrong thing. It may seem right to us, but when God looks at the whole picture, and He is responsible for the whole human race . . . and for all creation, it may just not be the thing that needs doing. (i.e., like praying for rain today, because my flowers and garden could use some water.)
C. Maybe we are not ready for the answer. If God gave us everything we wanted, when we wanted it, we might become such spoiled brats that no one could live with us. He knows the time to give the gift. Don't rush Him. He is not to fit into our schedule; we are to fit into His. Some things exist that we cannot understand until we are ready to throw away our schedule and wait on His: Things like understanding our spouse, our friends, our God, and ourselves.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding."Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)
"As children bring their broken toys, with tears for us to mend; I brought my broken dreams to God, because He was my friend. But then, instead of leaving Him in peace to work alone; I hung around and tried to help, with ways that were my own. At last, I snatched them back and cried, 'how can you be so slow?'
'My child,' He said, 'what could I do, you never did let go.'!"
So . . . Let go, and let God!
Andrew (Andy) Johnson
Senior-Adult Pastor, Emeritus -- First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana
Fighter Pilot, U. S. Marine Corps (1952-66, Ret.); Chaplain, U. S. Navy (1969-90, Ret.)
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