October 28, 2012

Wait for God’s Answer

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 28, 2012

I wait for you, O Lord; you will answer, O Lord my God. Psalm 38:15

God’s answer is not always immediate. Our heavenly Father may not be forthcoming in His answer to prayer. We wait in our pain, and there seems to be no relief. We wait in our confusion, and our circumstances seem to become more complicated. We wait for wisdom on how to harness our child’s energy for God, and we find ourselves wanting. Their rebellion seems to compound as they distance themselves from Christ. We wait and wonder what we need to do at work. Indeed, answers from the Almighty may be absent for now, but the faithful wait. We wait for God’s answer because He is the source of our sanity and our security. His goal is to give us everything we need in His timing and in His way. He is not without compassion. He cares immensely by answering our prayers and giving creative solutions to our questions. Pray to Him.

We commit ourselves to Christ because we know He judges righteously. He can be trusted. He is not withholding His answer for His pleasure. In fact, He may have already answered and we have avoided hearing Him. Our activity can be a roadblock to hearing God. You may need to slow down and stop trying to fix the faults of others. Instead, slow down and be with your Savior. Seek His face and fear Him. Seek the Lord and love Him. It is in the quantity time of being with Jesus that we learn how to invest quality time in doing for Jesus. His answers may not come instantly, but they come over time. They come when we are ready to listen to His wisdom and apply it to our life. God doesn’t speak freely to those He can’t trust. But to the trustworthy He pours out His truth. Those who steward truth well are candidates to receive more insight into God’s ways.

Our patience allows God to possess our soul. Hope in the Almighty’s intervention and the power of prayer are what bring peace to a soul plagued by pain. It is in our adversity that the voice of the Almighty is near and clear. We just need to listen, really listen. The earwax of anger may be blocking the hearing canals of our heart. The water of worry may stop up our soul’s capacity to hear Christ. The pain that racks our body may be distracting us from discerning the Lord’s instruction. Whatever may be blocking our communication with Christ we need to give over to Him. We can trust Him, so wait and listen to Him.

Do not settle for anything less than the Almighty’s answer. Look for the Lord’s leading in His word and among godly counsel. You will find the richest solace in waiting for His wisdom. Why settle for the scraps of a quick solution when you can have the gold of God’s solid strategy? Take your team and/or family through a process of discovering God’s game plan. It takes more time and trust, but it bears the fruit of God’s best. Christ’s answer is often compelling and creative. Rest in the refuge of His omniscience. Do not allow your soul to be tossed back and forth while you anxiously await an answer. Use this time of waiting to grow in your understanding of God. His answer is really worth the wait. Don’t run ahead impatiently. He works while we wait. He expands our faith while we wait. Listen intently, discern, and obey. Obedience unleashes answers. Obedience leads to opportunities. Stay faithful and patient. The Almighty will answer.

Taken from Reading #27 in the 90-day devotional book, “Seeking God in the Psalms”…  http://bit.ly/InvUdR

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  1. Carolyn Willis says:

    Thank you so very much. I had been praying and asking God for direction and an answer in a situation and I wasn’t hearing Him speak. I became very anxious and not being able to sleep because of the situation at hand. I read this article from you and God spoke to me through this article. Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit speak through you. I had just told my pastor that I wanted God to insruct me as to what He wanted me to do and not try to handle the situation in my own strength and knowledge. I need to know what He wants me to do and that I do not make the wrong move. Thank you again.

  2. Thank you. I just took my 21 year old grandson, who is mentally ill, to the hospital on Friday night. This is his fourth hospitalization in three years. I have adopted him and his 3 siblings, and know that this time I cannot bring him home to live with us again. There are few resources left for him, but our God is greater and His plan is perfect. Thank you for reminding me this morning. I am so grateful for His love for Joey. He literally saved Joey’s life on Friday.

  3. NWW says:

    Those whom I so depended upon to impart words of wisdom are now with the Lord. What a wonderful opportunity to get what they would have given me even after they’re gone. The source of their wisdom was from the Lord. I can hear their voices in your words. I can feel the hand of God in our receiving and application of His wisdom. Thank you.

  4. Valerie says:

    Thank you for reminding me to give ALL my worries to the Lord by growing my faith. I cannot do it my way, I need to let go and you reminding me to give it to God only reconfirms that God is working in my life. I continue to pray for discernment and wisdom. Thanks again!

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