For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Who can relate to praying for what feels like decades for something, only to still be waiting on it?  Anybody feel as though their prayers are landing on deaf ears? Or God is punishing them for something they did years ago?  Or maybe, just maybe you weren’t specific enough the first 100 times and your prayer needs to be more in depth? Okay, I got a good one. Has anyone ever received what seems like what they’ve been praying for, but it’s nothing like what they imagined it would be like?  Am I the only one with both hands up?I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. After realizing and finally accepting the fact that my step by step plan for my life is not God’s plan, I had the aha! moment. Maybe there’s something to this waiting thing. Maybe, as Christians, we’re just too caught up in what we want for our lives, and how we think everything should turn out. Did it ever occur to us that some things are just not God’s will for our lives? I thought to myself, if God wants us to be happy and he promises to give us the desires of our hearts, why would he make us wait so long? As I meditated on that question, three reasons came to mind.

  • It’s a Test                                                                                                                                                                                         Maybe God is testing us to see if we truly put our trust and faith in Him. We often say that we trust His timing and that we know that without a doubt He’ll come through. Do we really believe that though? I mean, how many of us are guilty of saying that, yet we take matters into our own hands to help God? An example would be the story of Sarai and Abram (Genesis 15-17). God had already promised Abram (Abraham) a son despite his wife having trouble with conceiving. However, Sarai (later called Sarah) was impatient and probably lacked faith. She told Abram to sleep with her slave Hagar and she conceived a son, Ishmael. Long story short, Sarai eventually conceived a son of her own, Isaac, and in the midst of it all suffered greatly from her hasty decision. Had she waited on the Lord’s timing, she would not have experienced the drama and heartache. I’m sure we can say the same for some of the decisions we have made while helping God.
  • God is Preparing You                                                                                                                                                 Sometimes we ask God for things, but really and truly, we’re not ready to take on such great responsibilities. Him withholding things from us is not to harm us. He sometimes has to work on us first because we would simply mess it up. Read the story of Ruth. Considering who she was and where she was from, you would never have thought that she would be blessed with a man like Boaz. Somewhere between her faithfulness to God and the mentoring of Naomi, she was molded into the woman God intended her to be. Her union with Boaz did not occur before, but after He was done preparing her.  Maybe there are things that need to be changed within us, like an attitude problem, or simply our view of what we think we need. Sometimes we tend to sell ourselves  short when we deserve so much more. That pertains to every aspect of our lives, from relationships to career choices. What we want isn’t always what we need. God knows best.
  • He’s Still Working on His Best for You                                                                                                                   Even if we’ve passed the test or we feel that we’re fully prepared for what we’re asking for, that isn’t always enough. We may be ready, but God may still be preparing His best for you. If it’s a future mate, he/she may have some things that need to be worked on before you are joined together. If it’s a job, maybe the position has not become available as yet. Maybe God is lining everything up first for that grand moment.

Whatever the reason for having to wait, as Christians, we are to wait gracefully. Doors were shut for a reason, and as the saying says “praise him in the hallway” until something comes up. I know that’s easier said than done, but knowing the author and finisher of our faith is enough comfort and motivation to press on. Yes, God did say that He would grant us the desires of our hearts once we ask (Psalm 37:4), but He never said right away or according to our plans. Food for thought.

Leave a Comment