“I would like to be able to sit down, look in your face, ask a question, and have you immediately speak with me as I watch your facial expressions – especially when I am struggling to understand how to live out your teachings in a complicated situation. Why must the conversation be such hard work intermingled with delays of silence? Why must our relationship be on the basis of faith?”
Here are 8 reasons I have discovered based on the Scriptures:
1) Faith is seldom easy. (Hebrews 11:1-12:2)
• No pain, no gain.
• If something is worth having, it is worth waiting for.
• I will not appreciate and value that which comes too easily.
2) My life on earth is an apprenticeship – I am in faithfulness-training for greater things to come. (Romans 8:18)
3) God is not my employee. He is the one who calls the shots, not the other way around. (Job 38-42)
4) I need to grow up and become mature. (I Corinthians 13:11-12; Romans 5:3-4)
• I may not be ready for the answer yet – there are other things I need to learn first.
• I don’t really want to hear what God has to say, I just want to spout off.
• I am asking God to do something for me that he expects me to do for myself.
• I haven’t fully acted on the last set of instructions God gave me.
5) God wants me to learn in community – to need other people and interact with them as part of my relationship with him. (Ephesians 4:11-13)
6) I am jumping ahead of the story line – there are other things that must take place first. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
7) I need to experience confusion, sorrow, and suffering myself if I am going to be able to comfort others with the same comfort God has given me. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
8) There are spiritual forces at work creating a delay. (Daniel 10:12-14)
Dearest Father, I am learning to be better at traits like “patience” and “waiting,” because you are so very trustworthy. Give me joy as I go about trusting you in the confusion of life. Forgive me when I am impatient. Help me to grow up and be at peace with waiting on you. After all, the unknowns of life are rather exciting and new surprises exist around every corner. Thank you so much. Amen.