By: Lenny Ewart
“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7 NIV
It is a marvelous thing when we pray asking God for something and receive a favorable answer almost immediately. In fact, many times in our lives He’s been known to do just that! In Isaiah 65:24 the ancient prophet tells us that even before we call He will answer; while we are yet speaking He will hear. When we receive such a quick reply to our prayers our hearts rejoice, and our praise to God flows easily from our lips. However, what can we say of those prayers where we long to see His hand move, and yet week after week, month after month, perhaps even year after year we are still waiting? I dare not venture to say all the reasons Almighty God may have for not answering our prayers at the speed of light or in a manner we would desire.
Through the long and seemingly arid seasons of waiting for the answer to a prayer, God encourages us to hold on, confirming He has an appointed time for His answer; and “…though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” as stated in Habakkuk 2:3. During those times we should watch and in hope wait for the Lord. May we be cognizant that these periods of waiting are developing in us strong characteristics such as; patience, hope, faith, temperance, reliance on the faithfulness of God and many more Godly virtues conforming us to the image of Christ. Let us be mindful that God is good and He loves us, holding nothing but the very best of intentions for us and all that concerns us!
Our Heavenly Father knows we are restrained by the boundaries of time, segments, and seasons of earthly life; and He will not allow the apparent delay to be for nothing. He is diligently working on every detail of our request from the moment it leaves our lips and at the “appointed time,” we will see His answer exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond all that we can ask or think! (Eph. 3:20) It’s been said the faithfulness of God is best understood like a Hebrew letter, from back to front. When we take stock of our lives we can see the faithfulness of God from our present life, all the way back to when we were being knit together in mother’s womb.
In conclusion, let us take heart as we wait to see those answers to prayer. May we become the type of God’s children that can say, “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” Always remember the God of the Universe does hear you and in His perfect timing will answer! Amen.