So you called the physician, made your appointment, and now you’re ready to go to the doctor’s office to get a solution for whatever ailment, is bothering you. You expect to leave with a solution that will help your current situation. So what do you do while you’re waiting to hear from the doctor? What do you do when you don’t get the answer you expect? Some may grow impatient and do what they feel is best. Some may seek a 2nd opinion from someone or something else. Whatever your answer is, not hearing from God is difficult for most of us in life and even more in our spiritual walk with Christ. The “waiting room” as I like to call it, is the period where this walk with Christ can feel like one of the most difficult, lonely, frustrating, and challenging times to endure.
The story of Lazarus comes to mind (John 11) when he was sick and a message was sent to Jesus to come and heal him. Although he could have, Jesus did not come right away. He waited two days, and then decided to make a move. But by that time Lazarus was already dead and buried. You can imagine the agony and sorrow his relatives felt watching him wilt away knowing that they called on Jesus, who was nowhere to be found. Scripture tells us, that Jesus delayed in going to see about Lazarus so that God would get the glory in the whole matter. Jesus said: “For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. …”
It had been four days that Lazarus was dead (4 DAYS!) when Jesus finally came to his rescue. Mary, a sister of Lazarus said to him “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died.” Mary did not know that her brother would live, but Jesus did. And right there, Jesus in all his power demonstrated his ability to work things out when it seems hopeless. Lazarus lived.
How many times have you said, God if you had been here, this wouldn’t have happened? Or ‘If you didn’t take so long to answer, I wouldn’t have to make this choice.’ When we ask God for something we have to know that he hears our prayers. No matter how long he may take to respond, God is always working things out for our good in every situation not just isolated incidents. (Romans 8:28).
God desires dependence and trust in him at all times. He cares and he knows. As the saying goes, “delayed doesn’t mean denied.” Though the gap between asking and receiving may take some time, keep thanking God in advance for not only what he’s able to do, but what you know he will.