How Long Should You Wait On God?
What is God’s time frame? How long should you wait on God? Is God always on time? Why does it seem like God is late? Has God forgotten about me?
I get it. You prayed. You asked God to do His God-magic. You believed, but then nothing happened. Nothing changed. The world kept spinning right on past you without even the slightest flash of change.
Now you’re just going through the motions of life with a disconnected faith. For some of you, it’s been days. For others, it’s been weeks, months, and even decades. You still believe, but now you’re asking the question…
How Long Should You Wait on God?
I want to share a scripture that I read the other day in Isaiah 64:4 For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him. – Isaiah 64:4
Walking by Faith Requires Faith in God’s Timing
God honors faith. He acts in response to faith. …real faith.
Faith that quits isn’t real faith. What many of us do from time to time is place an expiration date on our faith. We say that we believe God for something, and then we begin to wait.
Initially we wait with excitement and anticipation. After a while, we start to wait with hope and patience. After that, we wait with impatience and frustration. The stage beyond this is when we let go of our faith. It expires, and we give up on the promise of God.
So Why Does God Make Us Wait At All???
Wouldn’t it be better for everyone involved if God actually showed up right when we prayed? I can’t help but think it would definitely give my faith a boost if God immediately acted in response to all of my prayers. It wouldn’t just be good for us personally either. Wouldn’t it be awesome if every time you told someone you were praying for them God miraculously intervened on their behalf and saved the day. Seems like that would be a win for God too.
But that isn’t how God works, and the seasons of waiting serve a more significant purpose than the instantaneous answer ever could. Waiting is never without purpose.
Here are three reasons you should keep waiting on God?
1. God’s timing is always with a kingdom purpose. If God has given you a promise, it will not only benefit you, but it will also benefit the body of Christ and the Kingdom of God on earth also. This means that some promises have to be unveiled in their perfect timing.
God promised a savior thousands of years before His arrival because there was Kingdom purpose involved. Christ was revealed when the fullness of time came, and it was right for the Kingdom.
2. Waiting on God develops our character. Often times, the promises of God are delayed in our lives because we aren’t mature enough to steward them effectively. God may have plans for you to be a great leader, but if He gives you that gift before your character can handle it, the results could be catastrophic for you.
Moses thought he was ready to deliver God’s people at the age of forty, but he had to spend another forty years in the desert having his character developed before God sent Him to Pharaoh. He was eighty years old before he saw God act.
3. Our faith is proved during seasons of waiting. By true definition, faith requires the belief in something that has no tangible evidence. When we go through seasons of waiting, our faith is validated. We prove our faith to God and to ourselves when we patiently wait without wavering in our hope. (What is faith?)
Abraham waited for a lifetime to see Isaac born. During that time, he proved that his faith was more real than any doubt or obstacle that presented itself. It also earned him the title of being the ‘father of the faithful’.
Don’t Give Up!
God often acts just a few moments after you begin to think of the situation as completely impossible. When you keep hoping and believing even when all reason for hope is gone, that’s when you step into a truly powerful faith.
How long should you wait on God? Let me leave you with a final scripture found in Hebrews 11:13. This is the chapter that records some of the greatest men and women of faith ever to have lived. This particular verse speaks of some of those people who spent lifetimes waiting on God.
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. – Hebrews 11:13
Never surrender your faith! Great faith requires great impossibilities. Take off the expiration date and commit to believing God regardless of His time schedule. God acts on behalf of those who wait!