BY JESSICA LANDMON
The Bible is full of faith-filled scriptures and encouragements. We are told to have faith in God’s Word and trust that He is working all things out on our behalf. But what happens when the very things we are believing for haven’t come to pass? What happens when days of waiting turn to weeks and then weeks turn to years?
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. – Proverbs 13:12
If you are anything like me, you want to see your prayers answered immediately. And in fact, there are numerous times in the Bible when we see an instant touch from God - healing, breakthrough, or deliverance. So why doesn’t God always answer that way? Why do some requests seem to go unheard?
Ladies, one thing that I have learned especially in this season of life is that we need to trust His process. We need to stop looking for God’s answers as it relates to our timetable or our understanding. He is God, and we need to recognize that He has a bigger plan for our lives that sometimes we are not privy to. And unfortunately, that plan may require some waiting on our end.
In the process of waiting, God is still doing a work in us, just not necessarily the work we want. He is refining us, building up character and perseverance. He is creating a wellspring of faith as we wait on Him to move. That is why it is so important to trust Him as we wait.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5
Or course, we all want to see God move on our behalf. And yes, we want to see that happen immediately, but let’s not forsake His method and ways. Just because we don’t see an answer as we expected or in our timeframe, doesn’t mean that He isn’t moving. So sweet friend, just breathe and trust the process.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9