Throughout the Bible God tells us to trust Him with all our hearts and all our souls and all our minds and all our strength. He tells us to call on Him in times of trouble and he will hear us and he will answer. He says to love Him with all our hearts and not to lean on our own understanding.
So, why then do we insist on doing it our way? Why do we ask for help and then do it our way anyway? Why do we think we know better than God? If we ask God for help and it doesn’t happen quick enough for us, we turn to other means to solve the problem. It’s “give me patience Lord…and give it to me now!”
God has given us many resources in this world to solve our problems; doctors, scientists, engineers, etc. and there may be a medicine or vaccine or mechanical device that can solve our problem. These have all been provided over the centuries through knowledge acquired through God. But if we urgently ask God to help us, then wait a few minutes and then turn to another source; we are showing a lack of trust.
The best solution to our problems is God, pure and simple. If we believe, if we trust and if we are patient (even for a short period of time), He will answer us. God’s timetable is not always to our liking, but He has a reason for how and when He reacts to our requests.
I know this because I am probably one of the least patient people I know. I have two chronic illnesses (Parkinson’s and Emphysema), and if I am hurting or having difficulty breathing or whatever it may be, I do ask God for help. However, I am seldom prepared to wait for long. I’m showing great mistrust in God, and I don’t mean to nor do I want to, however, I do.
Patience is one of the most difficult things to learn. When something hurts, you want the pain to go away as quickly as possible; when something is very difficult to do, we aren’t in the mood to have to learn something new. We always want relief now and are rarely willing to wait.
God grant us the ability to see that You have Your reasons for Your response time to our requests; and that it is not OK for us to question. Help us to understand that You do hear us and You will respond. And finally Lord, grant us the patience of Job to wait for Your response; and to be grateful when You do respond. Amen.
I will do my best to be patient and wait, I say wait on the Lord.
God’s blessings on you all!