When Waiting on God. . .
To the woman waiting on God,
So many emotions have been flowing in and out of me these last few days. My family received some miraculous news. A miracle and blessing we have been waiting on for almost seventeen years. But the news was not without uncertainty, and though it ended up not turning out the way we had hoped, we know that God is good.
Many of us will experience times in our lives when we must wait on God, and sometimes we may even feel as though God is late.
We may experience a tragedy, and question why God didn't prevent it.
We know God is omnipotent, yet maybe He has not done that thing you have been praying and believing He will do.
Thoughts from Abraham and Sarah
The state of waiting reminds me so intimately of Abraham and Sarah.
In Genesis 15:4-6, God reveals a promised son to Abram,
"Then the LORD said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” Then the LORD took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith."
Yet for 25 years, Abraham waited from Genesis 12:2-3 when God first called Abram and promised to make him a great nation until the promised son was finally born. Why did God wait until Abraham was 99 years old before He had the covenant son? Well, we will come back to this.
Similar to the question just posed, you may be going through something in your life, or in the life of a loved one in which you are thinking, why isn't God doing something?
Just because you are in a season of waiting, it doesn't mean that that season is wasted. Pastor Craig from Life.Church puts it this way, “With God, a waiting season is never a wasted season.”
Consider the following verses in light of this thought,
"For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can." ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1,11-12
Time is important. In our seasons of waiting, we must not let doubt, resentment, hopelessness, or disobedience create a barrier between us and believing in God's perfect timing.
Let's go back to the question of why did God wait until Abraham was 99 years old before He had the covenant son? Look at Genesis 17:1,
"When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life."
God's will for Abraham was that he be "blameless" and He has the same will for us. ~ CLICK TO TWEET
The word "tamiym" translated as "blameless" or "perfect" is defined in Scripture as
entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth:--without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright(-ly), whole. ~(Brown, Driver, Briggs and Gesenius, 2017)
What does this mean? It means faithful and obedient to God. During all those years of waiting, Abraham's faith never waivered, he had confidence in God. And it was this faith that was counted as righteousness.
"And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous." ~ Romans 4:19-22
The 25 years that Abraham waited prepared him, he faithfully trusted and obeyed God, the season of waiting wasn't wasted.
Thoughts from Mary and Martha
Think also of the story of Mary and Martha and their brother Lazarus. The siblings were very close to Jesus, and they knew of His ability to perform miracles. Yet when Lazarus was sick, and the two sisters sent for Jesus, surely He would come and heal their brother. . . But, He did not come, and Lazarus died. Four days later, Jesus comes and John 11:21 reads,
"Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died."
You may have experienced something similar. You prayed, you waited, but God did not do what you think He should and could have.
God could have prevented this, why didn't He?
Why did Jesus wait to come when Mary and Martha called? He delayed, but His delay wasn't necessarily a denial.
"God’s delays are not necessarily God’s denials" (Life.Church 2017).
Look at John 11:4,
"But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.”"
Jesus's delay held a particular purpose that could not have been accomplished if He had come immediately and healed Lazarus. His delay aimed to bring glory to God ultimately.
Any trial that we as believers face provides an opportunity for our faith to be strengthened and for God to be glorified because it is in our weakness that His strength and faithfulness are perfected.
"So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”" ~ John 11:41-44
You see? “Mary and Martha wanted a healing—Jesus wanted a resurrection” (Life.Church 2017).
How much more miraculous is it that Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead, defeating death as He too would soon on the cross, then just healing him? It was so those present would believe, so they could truly see and experience the glory of God.
So, whatever you are facing, waiting, suffering, know this, God hears your prayers, He knows the beginning from the end, trust Him and know that
“The scene of your greatest disappointment may be the setting of your greatest miracle.” (Life.Church 2017).
Your season of waiting, your season of suffering is not for nothing. God can use these seasons to do a work in you. ~ CLICK TO TWEET
How did Abraham receive the miracle of Isaac? Through faith. So how do we receive miracles? Through faith. I completely believe faith will bring the miracle we hope for in my family. But whatever the outcome, we trust in God and His plan, for His ways are higher than ours.
"Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?”" ~ John 11:40
"Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith." ~ Romans 4:13
LORD, forgive us for our times of impatience or doubt in Your goodness and perfect timing. Help us to have faith like Abraham and the strength to trust in You fully. Thank You for Your grace which renews each day. We pray all these things in Jesus name, Amen.
I would also like to ask for you my reader to send prayers to my family at this time, thank you.
Yours Truly, LeNae
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Brown, Driver, Briggs and Gesenius. "Hebrew Lexicon entry for Tamiym". "The NAS Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon". .Accessed August 29, 2017.
Life.Church. When God Seems Late. When God Doesn't Make Sense. https://www.life.church/watch/when-god-doesnt-make-sense/when-god-seems-late/. Accessed August 29, 2017.