“How long oh Lord?” I prayed and waited—yet the answer was long in coming. I wondered if I could endure the stormy trials that seemed to have no end. Then in the midst of my struggle the answer came, “Wait for Me. I am here. I have not left you alone.”
For years, I thought wait referred to a set time. Then to my delight, I discovered the word refers to a heart attitude of trust and hope set upon God and His promises. Now from the perspective of hard lessons learned, I have realized God is more intent on changing me—before He changes my circumstances.
They say the placid Sea of Galilee can suddenly change with the onset of a fierce storm. The disciples were caught in such a storm one night. Busy and straining at the oars in order to save themselves from the raging waters—they looked up and saw the Savior walking towards them. Thinking Jesus was a ghost, the disciples were terrified. Jesus immediately calmed their fears by encouraging them, “Take courage. It is I—do not be afraid!”
The winds immediately calmed down—when Jesus got into the boat with them. The Book of Mark says the disciples were astonished…even though they had witnessed the feeding of 5,000 a few hours earlier.
When Jesus comes walking on the stormy waters of life, sometimes like the disciples—we tend to fear a “ghost” and don’t recognize the Savior. Yet as we remember He is Master Controller of all creation, we need not shrink back in fear. Jesus is more than willing to get in the boat with us and speak peace not only to the sea, but our hearts and minds as well.
What am I continuing to learn when God delays in answering prayer?
First, I need not fear when I recognize He is Savior—not the ghost in the midst of the storm.
Second, I need to cry out to Him and believe He is able to save me from lies of fear or hopelessness.
Third, I need to repent of the sin of unbelief—and by faith, embrace Jesus as Lord and Savior. Once I have invited Him into my life, He invades my heart and life with peace beyond my understanding—no matter what the weather.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
TEN WAYS TO WAIT ON THE LORD
Wait in Faithfulness – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Wait in Hope – Psalm 39:7
Wait in Confidence – Job 4:6
Wait in Praise – Psalm 86:12
Wait in Joy – Nehemiah 8:10
Wait in Grace – Ephesians 2:8, 2 Corinthians 12:9
Wait in Peace – Mark 4:39
Wait in love – 1 John 4:10
Wait in patience – James 1:3
Wait in His Spirit – Ezekiel 36:26
How do you wait on the Lord when your faith is tested? I invite you to add to the list above.
I would love to read your comments!
Father God, may you give us trusting hearts to cry out to you when tests and trials come.
Remind us to reach for Your Hand to lift us out of the waters of worry and doubt.
Replace them with trusting hearts that believe and rest in Your promises.
In the Name of Jesus, Amen.