Why is waiting on God so hard?

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Answered by: Burnis, An Expert in the Christian Living Category
When God spoke in the past it took time before His prophets could communicate that message to His people. There was no postal service, no telephone, no email, and no instant messages. The thousands of years it took to compose the Bible came as a result of men and women waiting on God until they were sure that what God spoke was indeed what He intended.

Even so, today His indisputable Word is interpreted in as many different ways as there are prophets. Spiritual leaders today have written almost as many books individually as the Bible contains. The power to simultaneously communicate an idea as soon as it surfaces from the mind does not validate it as being a good idea, even less, a God idea. It is too easy in this information age to convey ideas based on emotions and senses while justifying those ideas with self-serving interpretations of God’s Word.

Emotions and senses change. God, on the other hand, never changes. God never intended for His people to feel the same perpetually. It is why He gave man such a wide range of emotions. To make declarations based on how one feels produces error and regret and subsequently resentments against God and one’s fellows. When challenges arise, many prophetic declarations offer relief but only temporarily and usually as a diversion from the real issue, which is contrary to true faith. Habakkuk declares, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it will speak and not lie; … it will not tarry… but the just shall live by his faith” (Hab.2:3,4b).

It is good to know God. To know Him affords the hearer clarity when He speaks. It needs no interpretation. Only believe. As “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”(Rom.10:17), the Word necessarily has to be sufficient. When God spoke to the prophets of old waiting was a necessity. To wait in faith will absolutely produce the child of promise but emotions and senses will likely produce the child of a bond-servant. Abraham’s actions sought only to declare or demonstrate what he thought God intended. Imagine if he had a car and a cell phone.

Waiting on God has become more of a mythical concept rather than a mystical one. Waiting in faith goes beyond human understanding. Not knowing what tomorrow holds promotes fear, anxiety and uncertainty. Knowing Who holds tomorrow promotes faith, assurance and confidence. One can wait anxiously or patiently but either way he must wait. Time is a concept that has become difficult to grasp because it seems there is never enough of it.

The sense that since time has a definite beginning, then arguably, there has to be a definite end and there must be something else to accomplish before that proposed end. Man’s individual and collective inevitable ends, however, is independent of time until the unlikelihood God erases it from creation. Instead, we have this assurance that, "while the earth remains, seed and harvest,... and day and night shall not cease” (Gen.8:22).

Our prophets, men and women of God do their bests to satisfy our needs to be ministered to as often as is needed, which is all the time and unrealistic. “Study to show ‘thyself’” (2 Tim 2:15), and trust God to do what He said He would do no matter how things appear. “For we walk by faith and not by sight”(2 Cor. 5:7)

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