The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him sincerely. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cries for help and rescues them.
I decided after an overwhelming response to my previous verse and message that I would follow-up this week with what I will call:
“PART 2 – YES, NO, or WAIT.”
Apparently, God was speaking loud and clear to more folks than just myself. I love when He does stuff like that.
It’s difficult to accept God’s will when His answer is “No!” or “Wait.” However, we must NOT interpret these responses as unanswered prayer. If we are living in God’s will, and we are consistent in our communication with the Ultimate Provider, we are insulting Him if we ignore His “NO!” or if we try to manipulate the timing of an outcome by speeding up the process! (thinking we are just helping God..ha) The Lord says “No” at times, because His “Yes” is better for our lives. The Lord says “Wait” when He has to work all things together….it’s not just about us!!
He may not allow what we are yearning for to come to pass, but it’s a true miracle how He is able to conform our desires to fit HIS BEST for our life (if we let Him)! If you feel He hasn’t answered your prayer, then continue to pray for His will until His “WAIT” translates to “YES” or “NO.” He likes when we are persistent in prayer!
He knows what we need, but it may not always be what we want! Furthermore, He knows when we need it! Prayer is not an act to convince God to orchestrate something our way. Bargaining and negotiating are not in the equation! The purpose of prayer is to adjust our hearts to His perfect perspective.
God is never caught off guard…..no surprises interrupt His day! Therefore, we must let God be God….He never comes up short. We must not get discouraged when we feel He isn’t giving us His undivided attention to the matter at hand (But then who’s calling the kettle black? How often is our undivided attention on His agenda?)…When we place His matters #1, it’s amazing how He responds.
At this time, I would like to share a portion of a message that one of my dear sisters in Christ, Lauren Doyle, sent to a group of people in response to my message last week. Her insight is amazing, and I couldn’t resist sharing what God put on her heart in relation to the challenges we face when we have no choice but to WAIT for God’s divine answers.
Here’s what I do… Be still, know that He is God (Psalm 46:10), and ask him to blow the curtains of heaven back — to give you vision for what it is that you are waiting on Him for. Prepare your hearts and minds for God’s best. Then, as always, respect and love Him as his timing comes into perfect place.
God is a God of Order; everything He does is by appointment.
An appointment is simply a meeting or event that has already been set up. God has a scheduled time for bringing to pass two things in your life: His promises and His purposes. You can count on that. Whatever you’re going through TODAY, there’s peace in knowing that NOTHING the enemy does will preempt these two things.
The problem arises when we try to rush God’s timing. When the Lord gives you a promise, it’s like a seed; it needs time to take root and bear fruit. Every mother knows the order — first the seed, then the pregnancy, then the development within the womb, and finally the day of delivery. And what does she do during this time? Prepare! She gets ready for the joys and responsibilities of parenthood for when her due date arrives, and that little one announces, “Ready or not, here I come!” The Psalmist writes: “Don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Keep traveling steadily along his pathway and in due season he will honor you with every blessing” (Psalm 37:34).
We must learn the difference between what WE can do and what GOD can do. Fools rush in. If we don’t want to risk delaying the fulfillment of God’s plan for our lives, then we need to learn to wait. The prophet said, “The vision is… for an appointed time…though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come.” (Habakkuk 2:3)
Thank you Lauren for your wisdom…..
So in conclusion, we must be patient and faithful, as well as, comprehend that our Creator knows how to fit all the pieces of our puzzled lives together!
Pray to accept the LORD’s YES for your life today!