*Orginially written on 11/16/15
Throughout our lives, we are faced with deadlines and appointments that need to be made on time. Not a day goes by where we do not find ourselves rushing and hurrying to finish something or get somewhere. Because we have this anxious mindset, we often turn it over to our spiritual lives, and we try to rush and push big things that God has not planned for us yet.
There are various different parts in scripture that often show that Jesus responded late (at least in our opinion), but in reality it was at the perfect time. If we look at the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, we see that He arrived at Lazarus’ tombstone four days after his friend died. As soon as Jesus arrives, Lazarus’ sister, Martha runs quickly to Jesus saying, “’Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?’” (John 11:39-40). As soon as He says that, He goes to the tomb and raises Lazarus from the dead. Isn’t that extremely fascinating? God may make us wait, but it definitely pays off in the end.
By waiting for God to answer our prayers or needs, it helps us to build patience and trust in Him. Think of it this way: if we can’t even wait for a little thing from God, how do we except God to bless us with bigger things? Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
Finally, waiting also builds up our dependency on God and helps us to draw closer to Him. Waiting through a difficult time helps to develop a relationship with God. We can trust that God is with us throughout the entire time of waiting. He is just as interested in the end result as He is in the journey to arrive there.
Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Even though we may not know why God is making us wait to answer our need, we can always trust and know that God is walking with us step by step, helping us to reach our final destination.
Jonathan Reichenberger (17) is the Lead Director at TPS Chapel and Changing Lives Ministry and is a junior at The Potter's School.