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Friday, August 14, 2015

What God Wants While I Wait For An Answer

In review of Psalm 37:7 it says, “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.”

Bottom Line:
Be still and rest in the Lord, waiting patiently for him to act. Don’t let it bother you when it appears that those who do sinful prosper.

What this means to me:
I am to be still and rest in the presence of Lord and wait patiently for him to act. I should not concern myself or worry about those who prosper or who succeed in their evil plans.

So what does God want me to do while I’m waiting on an answer to my prayer?

Psalm 37:7 indicates to, “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act” (NLT, second edition). God wants me to wait patiently for him to answer.

Personally I know I tend to endure waiting as long as I can grumble while I do it. But this verse indicates that God tells me to just, “Be still.”

Like a little 2-year-old, I get the spiritual wiggles while we’re waiting for God to answer a prayer. I get nervous and restless. I want to jump up and do something. But God says, “Wait patiently. Be still. Watch me act. Don’t get restless, don’t get nervous, and don’t try to take matters into your own hands.”

And this reminds me that I should also never make Abraham’s mistake in the Old Testament of trying to be the answer to my own prayer. God told Abraham that he was going to make him the father of a great nation. There were only two problems: Abraham was 99 years old, and he was childless. Abraham looked at his own body and said, “No way, Jose!” And he looked at his wife Sarah, who was infertile, and said, “Double no way! It ain’t gonna happen.”

So Abraham took matters into his own hands and had a baby with his wife’s maid, Hagar. Abraham said, “Here’s my answer to prayer! I’ve got a son at 99. His name is Ishmael.” However God said, “No, no. You missed the point. That’s not my answer to prayer. That’s your own answer to prayer. I’ve got a miracle boy who’s coming, and Sarah’s going to be the mom. You’re going to name him Isaac.” Isaac means “laughter.” When Sarah was told that she was going to be pregnant, the Bible says she laughed because she didn’t believe God.

But God had the last laugh. Isaac was born, and it started an intense rivalry between him and Ishmael that we’re still paying for today. The tense relationship between Jews and Arabs all began because Abraham tried to answer his own prayer request. Thus, whenever I try to answer my own prayer, I’m asking for trouble. Instead, I should wait patiently, and watch God act. In summary, I am to be still and wait patiently for him to answer. I am to trust in him and his timing. I shouldn’t worry about what’s happening with others. God, time and time again you have proven yourself and come through for me. And when you do it is always the right thing at the right time. I need to remember that I should bring things to you that I'm thinking about in prayer and not make rash or hurried decisions to meet a desire or perceived need. I need to wait patiently for you, no matter what I see happening around me with others. When waiting patiently, I can remind myself of your faithfulness and reflect on Abraham’s mistake of taking matters into his own hands.