When God Says, "Wait."
Have you ever waited for God to answer a prayer? What did you do in your time of waiting? When you're going through the delays in life, waiting for an answer to prayer, what should you do?
Fret means worry. We do that when we get into Delays. We worry, get uptight, get stressed out and we start to complain.
Num 21:4-5 (NLT) "...But the people grew impatient along the way, and they began to murmur against God and Moses..."
This is typical of people, but this was the sin that kept them out of the Promised Land. They just griped all the time, no matter what God had done for them -- the Ten Plagues, the opening of the Red Sea. They complained about the journey, the delay, the leadership, no water -- then God provided them water. Then they complained about no food -- and God provided them food. Then they complained about the food they got. It's so easy to gripe when we're forced to wait. We don't mind waiting if we can complain about it.
Prov. 19:2 (GN) "Impatience will get you into trouble."
When we try to take matters into our own hands we get in trouble. We try to help God out. It's frustrating to be in a hurry and God isn't. God is never in a hurry. The Bible says with Him, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. He's larger than time. One of the most useless things to try to do is to speed up God.
When you get impatient you start trying to work it out yourself. You get a dream from God, make the decision to go for it, and then when the delay comes and it's not fast enough for you. You start trying to figure out ways of doing God's dream on your own. You start trying to force the issue.
Abraham did this. God said He was going to give him a son. He made this promise when Abraham was 75. At 85 or so Abraham still didn't have one. Sarah was incapable of conceiving. He decided to have a child by Hagar, Sarah's handmaid. Hagar gets pregnant and bears a son. They name him Ishmael. Abraham thought he had the miracle child in Ishmael. God said that Ishmael was not the miracle. That was just a normal conception. He wasn't the baby God said would be the miracle baby. God blessed Ishmael anyway and he also became the father of a great nation. He's the father of all the Arab nations.
But God said there would be another child. Later Abraham, at 99, had Isaac through Sarah, at 90, who was way up in years and although she had never been able to have a child, at a grandmother's age she had a baby. Isaac became the father of the Jewish nation.
All of the commotion in the Middle East between Arabs and Jews is just a family feud. It's been going on for thousands of years because Abraham got in a hurry. Ishmael and Isaac were half brothers. Both Arabs and Jews have the same father -- Abraham. Because Abraham got in a hurry, we've had thousands of years of conflict. Impatience will get you into trouble. God doesn't need your help.
Don't fret, but Trust God's Timing.
Ps. 37:7-8 (NIV) "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him…” “…do not fret—it leads only to evil."
The verse says "Wait patiently for Him." When you wait impatiently it doesn't make waiting any better. All being impatient does is make you miserable.
"Don't fret and worry. It only leads to harm." Worry doesn't work. It just makes you miserable.
Eccl. 3:11 (HCSB) "He has made everything appropriate in its time.."
God's timing is perfect. We don't like to wait. Americans are activists -- doers. We think it's far easier to work than wait. If I can do something about the problem in my home, do something about the problem in my body, do something about the problem at work -- then I'm Mr. Fixer.
God says, “I'll fix it if you just wait. It's the delay that's building your character.” He can fix it better than you can.