I’ve asked the Lord for something for the past few years and He hasn’t answered. I’m fed up of waiting, how much longer is it going to take?
Waiting on the Lord is, oh so difficult for many Christians, because people are, oh so impatient. We are spoilt we want it now and we want it our way. But just as parents should teach and guide the child, so the Lord teaches and guides us. Throwing a tantrum, kicking and screaming at the Lord doesn’t work, trying to force Him to bow down to you doesn’t work, slandering Him and declaring that He hasn’t given you what you wanted doesn’t work. Love, patience, temperance, determination all characteristics of God and the Godly person and that works.
God exists outside of our time and space. Our time ticks by slowly, while God’s is at a speed that we cannot comprehend. The following scripture gives us some idea of how God’s timing transcends ours and why if we are waiting for an answer for a few years it seems like a life time to us, when in actual fact, it is but a few minutes to God.
2 Peter 3:8
… one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
So, our time and God’s time are literally worlds apart. The table below gives rough calculations of the differences between our time and God’s time and do not take into consideration leap years or any other anomalies.
God 1 Day = 24 Hours
Man 1000 years = 365,000 days = 8,760,000 Hours
1 of God’s Hours would be approx 41.6 Years to us
1 minute to God would be approx 253.47 days to us
With these rough calculations, you can work out for yourself the equivalent of five or ten of our years in God’s time. We are a demanding generation and as Christians we get very impatient when we ask God for something. For some, a few months or a few years is too long to wait for an answer and they get frustrated, while others give up. Working on this premise, Jesus left us approximately two thousand years ago and to us that is a very long time, but in God’s time it was approximately two days ago.
When you come to the Lord, don’t come with your personal agenda, forget your demands, what you want and when you think you should get it. That mind-set is all wrong. I recommend the following scripture to help you to change your mind-set and start dealing with your expectations when you come to the Lord:
But seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Seek Him with all your heart, don’t worry about your list of demands and your timescales. He knows why He called you and will provide you with everything you need for the journey. Coming to the Lord and telling Him, you want to be a professional footballer or an actor, or expecting never to struggle financially or otherwise is a false reality that you have created for yourself. Seek to know what God’s perfect will for your life is. What if He didn’t create you for the purpose you crave, does it mean that He has failed you? Absolutely not! it means you were determined to have your own way and as a Father, He said No!
Even when we understand this concept and decide to wait on the Lord, we can still become impatient and often not unsure what we should be doing during this time. Do we have a time slipping back into our old ways, a time of partying, not bothering to worship with other church members, stop praying or fasting? Most definitely not, quite the opposite!
This is the time to seek the Lord continuously, by praying and fasting, believing Him to take you through any struggles you are faced with, reading and studying the Bible with a passion. It is this time of seeking and searching that confirms to the Lord that you really want to be with Him, it is a time you should connect with your personal praise and worship and put all your needs before the Lord, always remembering that He will do what is right for you. The following scripture tells us that this is the time that the Lord will use to bless and strengthen us:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
When you think it’s quiet, that is when everything is happening, but you can’t see or understand it until it hits. Remember Daniel who was praying and waiting on the Lord with continuous prayer, not knowing that the messenger angel was fighting with top level demons over Persia, which prolonged his journey. Then look what happened when Daniel received his answer, the angel appeared to him and explained what had happened.
Know that God hears you and will answer you, but you must learn to wait on Him to receive your blessings, not just the things you have asked for but the blessings that He has promised if you seek Him.
Recommended Reading: Daniel 10 (27th book in the Old Testament)