Have you ever been ready to move on, but it seems that God won’t let you? For instance, you’re ready to go out and get a new job. You try several different places for a long period of time, but you either never get called or when you do you still don’t get the job. Or maybe you want to change locations, but every house opportunity seems to fall apart at the last minute. Well if you’re like me, you just don’t understand why God isn’t helping you out.
You think of verses like Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘Thy are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” (NLT), or Psalm 27:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart” (NASB). You ask why God isn’t fulfilling these promises, and can’t understand what is wrong.
My wife and I have been in this situation a lot here recently. It is certainly a hard place to be, especially when all you want is to be doing better for yourself, family and God. But I came by a verse today that has helped me out quite a bit:
“Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord”
— Psalm 27:14, NASB
I think that’s our problem, the waiting. I know that we aren’t the only one’s that have a problem waiting. We live in a culture of gotta have it now. My wife and I were talking about Blockbuster closing. We said that the main reason Blockbuster’s business went bad was because of businesses like Netflix and Hulu that allow you to get these things instantly. We no longer need to go to a store to buy things, just simply get on Amazon and order it (unfortunately you still have to wait, but I’m sure somebody is coming up with a way to fix that).
So I think that the reason we have issues with seeing God fulfilling His promises lies around our patience. We must wait for Him. He has perfect timing and knows what is best. We may think we know, but we don’t. So if you find yourself in this situation, I encourage you to wait on the Lord, be strong in your faith, and wait.