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…

If your faith has an expiration date, then it isn't real faith. - Jeremy Binns

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!

About the Author

Jeremy BinnsWhen I'm not trying to save the world from the coming zombie invasion, I love my wife, hug my daughters, write, photograph, listen, observe, explore, and worship.View all posts by Jeremy Binns →

  • Laurel Griffith

    Thanks for the great post, Jeremy! I needed this reminder. Instead of worrying about the struggle,I should pay attention to what God is doing in my life and the world around me.

    • http://www.jeremybinns.com/ Jeremy Binns

      I’m not sure if ‘voting up’ is the same as liking or not, so I’ll say ‘like’ too just in case. :)

  • http://www.timthompsonshares.com/ Tim Thompson

    He usually has three answers; yes, no, and not now. I have certainly had more not nows than either of the other two combined.

    • http://www.jeremybinns.com/ Jeremy Binns

      :) Yep – that about sums up my experience too.

    • Antoine Finch

      well i get NO really i think i’m just talking to myself for the good it does!

  • Antoine Finch

    i’m 58 and have yet to have one prayer answered!most time i pray bad things happen to me immediately, so now i don’t pray within minutes of praying the direct opposite of what i pray for happens!!!!!! no one gives any answers all i ever hear is about god’s will so why pray,i dont know god’s will and the bile is vague, there is so many variables, it seems when the bible says we are created in gods image, that god is just like us if we do something for him then he will do something for us if he is getting something out of it too! i not asking to be rich i am just tired of working and never catching up and living bill to bill and never having enough! am my lifestyle well i’m still driving a 1984 Buick lesabre, which i prefer to any of the cars they have now! as soon as i pay a bill its back at me again, i just want to be able to pay my bills without them hanging over me like a weight all the times. we dont waste money because we dont have enough to meet the bills we have now,no credit cards, loans, we aren’t educated with college degrees and with my wife not being able to work it all i can do to keep the lights on! i wished i had never heard about some loving god i blame my parents for it! he may be loving but i haven’t seen any love or anything from him, and if you say he gave me life it wasn’t a blessing, he could have done with it as every thing else he’s done or helped me with and keep it.

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

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