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Waiting on God's Promises

As human beings, waiting is very difficult for us to do. In our fast-paced, individualistic society in which we live in, we are able to enjoy commodities with just a click of a button.

We have fast food services, smart phones and smart technology that gives us access to information and allows us to connect with people right away. And if we need something, nowadays we don’t even have to leave our house-- we can just order whatever we need online and it will be shipped to us in a week or less.

The truth, however, is that our timing and God’s timing are not the same. God is not limited by time or space. He is long suffering and He knows the beginning from the end.

God has given me visions and dreams and have spoken promises into my heart. Some of those promises have come to pass while others have yet to come.

During those moments of waiting, doubt and disappointment tend to creep in. We question if the promise will come to pass and we get angry with God because we feel that he is taking too long.

We even get tired of people saying things like: “God’s timing is perfect” or “It will come soon, just don’t give up.”

Though those statements are true, it is still difficult to hear and digest when your heart is broken and the tears won’t stop flowing from your eyes.

We are human. Emotions are real. And pain is real.

Even great men and women of faith in the Bible experienced the same emotions we are experiencing while waiting on God.

A woman by the name of Hannah in the Bible grieved day and night because she was unable to bear children. Her husband even said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?” (1 Samuel 1:8).

That statement is convicting in the sense that whenever I am frustrated and in anguish, I sometimes here the Lord saying to me, “Am I not enough?” “Am I not better than all of your hearts desires?”

It is true that God is the only one who can truly satisfy the longings in our hearts. Often times, when the promise we have been waiting for does come to pass, we end up taking it for granted. We complain and even forget how much we prayed for that blessing.

I want to encourage you today to keep praying, keep hoping, keep praising, and keep being faithful. God’s promises never return to us void. And when the promise comes to pass, may we be like Hannah and declare:

“My heart rejoices in the LORD;

My horn is exalted in the LORD.

I smile at my enemies,

Because I rejoice in Your salvation.

“No one is holy like the LORD,

For there is none besides You,

Nor is there any rock like our God.

-1 Samuel 2: 1-2

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