Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 26, 2016
They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Because I didn’t walk the aisle of matrimony until I was forty-six, I sometimes wondered why God wasn’t answering my prayer for a mate. Now that I have found my Mister, I can see some of the reasons it took some time for me to marry.
I am convinced that the middle years of my life from thirty to forty-six were for ministry and I had to be single to do much of what God led me to accomplish. Second, I would not have been ready for the man God brought me earlier. I had to make some mistakes along the way so I was open to a relationship with my husband. It was only then that I was open and ready for God’s will.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
This reminds me there are times when we have to go through what we don’t want to go through to get to what God wants and what is best. During these times, surrender to God may be difficult. So, in the Lord’s mercy, He may temporarily withhold an answer or revelation from us that would bring instant and clear perspective because we aren’t ready for the answer, even if we think we are. He knows the perfect time to answer our prayer. It’s only after we have waited and wrestled in confusion, and perhaps tried to do things our own way and fallen flat in failure, that our hearts are made pliable in the process to receive God’s answer.
In John 16:12, Jesus says, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” Jesus wanted to reveal more to His friends. He was willing to reveal more, but He could only do so at the proper time when they were ready. Maybe you are waiting for God to bring an answer and you wonder why it’s taking so long. Remember He loves you and He only gives the best to His kids. He knows the best time to answer.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things” (Romans 8:32)?
PrayerLord, thank you that you know what is best and good for me and that your grace and love ensures that you will always do what is best for me. Amen.
ApplicationAre you open to patiently waiting on the Lord until it’s the right time for Him to answer your prayer, even if you can’t see why He hasn’t answered? Talk with the Lord and ask Him to help you surrender to His will.
Related ReadingMark 4:33; John 15:15; Hebrews 5:11-14
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