Reading: Psalm 69:13-18
But I pray to you, LORD,
in the time of your favor;
in your great love, O God,
answer me with your sure salvation.
Rescue me from the mire,
do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
from the deep waters.
Do not let the floodwaters engulf me
or the depths swallow me up
or the pit close its mouth over me.
Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love;
in your great mercy turn to me.
Do not hide your face from your servant;
answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
Come near and rescue me;
deliver me because of my foes (NIV).
I have a confession to make and here it is. I don’t understand God.
Maybe a better way of putting this is to say I have a limited understanding of God. Yes, I have studied a lot about God, and I have written a lot about Him, but my understanding is small—minuscule beside an all-knowing God of infinite wisdom.
In particular, I do not understand God’s timing. When I pray, I want prompt answers. I run my life by a clock and a schedule, but God seems quite unimpressed by my propensity for planning. He’s been known to show up when I least expect Him. Furthermore, when I desperately want Him to put in an appearance, He usually keeps me waiting.
God can be unpredictable like a bad date. Speaking of a date, dear Lord, is that answer I want coming tomorrow, next week or next year?
Apparently, I’m in good company. David seemed to have the same problem with God. Hear his plea, “But I pray to you, LORD, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation.“
There’s one thing I know. God is not my heavenly bellhop. But amazing things happen in the time of God’s favor. So, like David, I’ll call out to Him. I’ll wait for Him. He is well worth waiting for, because when the LORD shows up everything changes. I change. The world changes.
Response: LORD God, favor me. Show up in your perfect timing. I need you now. I need you always. You know best. Teach me patience and grant me peace. Answer me with your sure salvation. Amen.
Your Turn: Do you sometimes get impatient with God? Can you recall occasions when you learned to wait on His timing?
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Alan Kearns said:
I admit I am not the most patient of individuals with folk and yes, even in prayer to my Father God. Yet when I wait and see what He produces in His perfect timing, it is far superior to anything I was hoping for. What a loving Father!
We can be thankful we don’t always get what we want when we want it. God knows best. We must trust Him.
I believe that God answers every prayer the minute it hits heaven. My issue is that I don’t like “NO” or “WAIT” as an answer but I do love “YES”. But as I look back over my prayer life, I see several immature requests that I am so glad that God said NO. The NOs probably more than the Yeses help me to know that God has my best interest in His heart.
Lord, help me to see your answer “No” as a good thing.
Sadly, my weakness when prayers are not answered is that I give up thinking that God has other ideas so what’s the use. I am also pretty sure that’s a bad idea Thankfully. God will not leave us in the land of nod for long and He has ways of prodding us back to the prayer closet and patiently seeking Him until we hear His answer. (Sometimes it is – I have a different idea, sometimes no but every so often the yes comes as an unexpected blessing!
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