1 How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
As people, patients is not a virtue that many of us possess. It seems to go against all of our instincts. It seems to go against our survival mechanisms. When things don't seem like they will ever get better, it feels like torture. It can be persistent violent abuse, incurable pain and sickness, constant mental torment, verbal bullying, the list goes on and on. How can God say he loves us when all these horrible things keep happening. As Christians when we have troubles in life, the bible tells us to pray. Then when we pray nothing happens, and we may be going through something awful, like the list above. We may think God where are you, do you even care about me? In this instant gratification society we live in, we want things done right this instant. If there is a line at the grocery store with 3 people in it, we start getting irritated. We hate waiting, especially when we are suffering. God however is eternal, time to him is like nothing. He may look at 30-40 years as a blink of an eye. Mean while a person may be suffering through a life that is like a nightmare. If we will submit to God and obey his commandments, he will start to work on our behalf, to give us the desires of our heart, as long as they are Godly desires. What God ultimately wants from us, is to become as much like Jesus Christ as possible. In order to jump start the process of God coming through, we must submit our lives to him. It has been said that Gods timing is always perfect or his timing is always right on time. When God gets the desired result he wants in us, then he will change our circumstances. God is way more concerned with us, than what we are going through. All we see is what we are going through, and not the kind of person we are. All God sees in us is our heart. Is your heart right? Would Jesus Christ do some of the things you do? I know that he wouldn't do a lot of the things I do. There are things I do that would make Jesus Christ sick. Sadly he sees me do those things. I can not hide my sin from God. He must remove that from my life. The longer I live in sin the longer the suffering goes on. It is up to me to change and develop a Christ like character. The more I draw to God, the more he draws to me, and can begin to bless me.
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
God will also make you wait so you develop trust and faith. He will make you wait until you have exhausted all possible solutions to your problem and realize that you need to hand it over to him. God will make sure that you know that he is the one in charge, that he is the Lord of your life. People will get saved and think they are still in control like before. God will change that, he may put you in situations where you can't get out. He will make you begin to rely on him. He will develop you to trust him. When he does come through, it is him who will receive the glory. God will make himself known to us in ways that we may not like and remove parts of us that will cause pain. We wants us to live by faith, knowing that all of this is for our good. Some times to get the best God has for us, we first need to change who we are and put our trust and faith in him. Take for instance Joseph. Joseph was loved by his father above all his brothers. He was blessed by his father and lived a comfortable life. His brothers became envious of him and sought to destroy him. They threw him into a pit with the intent that he would die. Then they saw Ishmeelites on the road and sold him to them instead (Genesis 37:28). He was taken to Egypt, where he was invited to live in a man's house and handle his affairs. That man's wife made advances toward him that he refused and she told her husband that he attacked her. He was thrown in jail and stayed there for 11 years. The whole time he had done nothing wrong. Did God hate him, did he forget about him, was he being punished? No, he was being set up for something greater.
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
God had the Pharaoh of Egypt call for Joseph to be taken out of prison. He put him in charge of all the crops in Egypt, to store them away. When famine hit, Egypt was able to feed everyone, including Joseph's family. You see if God hadn't put Joseph through that, the people would have starved. In doing so God increased Josephs faith and trust in God, along with the people he witnessed too. Joseph is not the only one. The children of Israel were forced to live in the wilderness for 40 years. Then when the time was right he gave them the promised land. He took care of them the whole time, to develop their faith and trust. Even Jesus Christ had to wait 30 years working in a carpenters shop, before he could start his earthly ministry.
God does not say how high when we say jump. He is trying to develop Christ like character in us. He is developing our faith and our trust. We must be patient and wait on God. My must praise him and glorify him in the process. Cursing him in anger and rebellion will get us nowhere. Turning our back on him will get us nowhere also. The only place to turn is to the loving Arms of God. He does not want to hurt us, he wants to bless us. He must however deal with us as children and children do not like waiting or discipline.
14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
I hope you enjoyed this article. If you are not a Christian, I invite you to get saved now. Tomorrow may be to late. To get saved all you have to do, is admit that you are a sinner and that Jesus Christ died for your sins. The only way to take away sins is with the pure shed blood of Jesus Christ. Good works can not take away sins. If they could, then Jesus Christ died in vain. Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the dead as payment for all sins. Once you believe that, you are saved forever. You did nothing to earn it and you can do nothing to lose it.
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;