Waiting for anything isn’t natural. The idea you have to remain inactive, stationary and pause until expectations are fulfilled can be agonizing. The longer one waits, the greater doubts grow, wondering if prayers will be answered.
How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors? – Psalm 119:84
Several Psalmists describe their anguish waiting to experience God’s promises. As the wicked prosper without any penalties, cries for justice may go unnoticed for years. Thus, screams of frustrations point toward heaven hoping for action to occur soon.
Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. – Psalm 4:1
In this silence, impatience often boils over. This is when most turn their back on God. For those clinging on to hope, only time will dictate whether or not faith will be reignited. How long must we wait O Lord? Keep praying til your requests become reality, following in the footsteps of the persistent widow, Luke 18:1-8.
by Jay Mankus