He didn’t do what I asked.
He didn’t protect… like He promised.
He didn’t stop it from happening…like He could have.
He didn’t offer His help.
He didn’t act fast enough.
In fact, He didn’t answer at all.
We’ve heard people say these types of laments.
In fact, we may have even voiced or thought them ourselves.
Who am I talking about?
El Elyon, God Most High, the One who sees all things, knows all things, and can foretell all things.
I am talking about the God of the Heavenly Hosts.
God. He is the One who is able.
He speaks things into existence and creates things out of the dust of the earth. He is the God of the Miraculous. He is the One who asks us to seek Him, trust Him, and wait for Him.
But, when one looks at the state of things on earth at the moment, if our eyes solely focus upon the diseases, tragedies, disasters, corruption, and evil that permeate every continent on the planet, it has the potential to make us wonder. Where is the hand of God in all of this turmoil?
Not only wonder, some become angry at God. Some accuse Him of betrayal. Others claim there is no reason to trust Him at all. He only disappoints. He only ignores. He only turns away. He only disregards. He doesn’t attend to our needs and has left us in a fog of disbelief and mistrust.
So what do some people do? They go forward in life without Him.
A recent poll in the United States affirmed that 28% of Americans have either left the faith they were raised upon to seek out another religion or have left their faith altogether.
This trend may be growing; especially among young people who grew up with family models of lukewarm faith.
In a culture of ‘selfies,’ many want things to happen in their time frame and in a way that best meets their needs. And when it doesn’t come to pass or when something terrible happens instead, God is blamed.
A very, very, very long time ago, similar hardships of disease, warfare, corruption, and more were happening in the time of Habakkuk the Prophet. He sought answers to difficult questions.
Why all this violence, Lord?
Why is there so much evil in this world?
Why do corrupt men continue to prosper?
Are you even in control of what is happening down here?
How long must I call out for your help, Lord?
When will you answer me?
Habakkuk took his disappointment, his doubts, his pain and his questions to his God and waited for an answer from God Most High. What is amazing and miraculous, is that God heard every question, lament and demand and chose to reply. You can read all about it in the book of Habakkuk. For the sake of time and the purpose of this blog post, I’ll share these words from God Himself…
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come
and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 NIV
There is an appointed time for God’s appointed work.
An ultimately that’s our problem. We look at everything from our perspective and want everything to revolve around our time frame. And not only that, we want the things that happen in our lives to be good, pleasant and painless. We don’t want to wait. We want a marriage, a career, a child, a healing, a chance, a sense of peace, right now. Not later.
What the word of God is saying here is that His day of revelation shall come. He will not allow this day of redemption to come until God has determined that everything is ready. The delay is not a delay. It will come at the appointed time in God’s understanding and according to God’s purpose. This will be a day to end all days. It will signify the end of evil’s finite reign and the beginning of Jesus Christ’s eternal reign.
This is what our God is asking us to wait for….He’s asking us to wait for Him.
In today’s world, what do we wait and long for?
You name it and some one is probably hoping and waiting for any number of finite things or relationships…certain dates, marriage, jobs, babies, healing, weight loss, cures, relief, cars, wealth, power, fame, educational opportunities, security, etc. etc. etc.
In all of that waiting, hoping and praying for something or some one, are we waiting upon our God and His appointed day of redemption? Or is our focus primarily on what we want, how we want it, and when we want it?
Evil and injustice and not having things go the way we want them to go, seem so prevalent in the world. It does cause us to be angry. It’s natural that we are disappointed and discouraged by what isn’t happening fast enough or at all. However, it is not time yet, for the return of the LORD.
In the meantime, our God asks us to be patient and wait for Him.
This day will come at the time that our God deems best…not just for you, not just for me…but for all.
His request is simple.
Wait for it.
Will we? It is our choice to remain in a position of trust and dependence and wait for His coming…even if we don’t get what we want, when we want it.
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