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When God Tarries

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God told Habakkuk, “The vision is yet for an appointed time… Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come.” Habakkuk 2:3


Waiting is very difficult for most people. In our society today we are accustomed to having everything we want pretty much when we want it. Then when our prayers are not answered quickly we can wonder why.


It is easy for praying believers who are waiting for God to answer their prayers to listen to the voice of the enemy saying, “Where is your God?” Doubt can easily fill our hearts. We must shut out the voice of our spiritual enemies and to the wicked around us who boast when they are victorious.


Sometimes it seems that there is more bad news than good news because the bad news is what is always reported. There is so much political turmoil, and it can seem that the wicked is advancing, and that God isn’t really listening and working through our prayers. We also hear sad stories of things happening within the church: families being divided, children struggling with gender identity, people falling into immorality, etc. This breaks our hearts, and we cry, “Lord how long until Your church is healed?” We continue to cry, “Lord, send us a revival that will restore and heal, set the prisoner free, cause the lame to walk, and the blind to see.


At times, the waiting for our prayers to be answered can test our hearts and cause us to question why God is tarrying. During these times of waiting we must close our ears to the voices of those who seek to hinder our work for the Lord so we don’t become discouraged and not able to persevere in prayer!


There are multiple examples in the Bible where God’s people were in hopeless situations, where all evidence seemed that God didn’t care, that He was not aware of the situation, and that He wasn't hearing the prayers. But He was!


In Isaiah chapter 18, we see Assyria marching against Ethiopia and as the armies advance, God makes no effort to deliver them. It seems to the natural eye that the Assyrians are going to be allowed to work their will. But Scripture says that God was still watching them from His dwelling place, and before the harvest, the whole proud army of Assyria was smitten.


When Christ’s disciples were toiling at the oars through the stormy night on the Sea of Galilee, it must have seemed to the disciples that Christ didn’t care about their distress and the danger they were in. Contrary to how it appeared He did care and knew exactly what was happening. He was using that storm to work in the hearts of His disciples, and at the right moment He calmed the storm.


Another example of God’s timely delay is the death of Lazarus. Imagine what Lazarus’ sisters Martha and Mary experienced! They were very close friends with Jesus and when they sent a message asking Him to come help, knowing He would be able to heal their brother, He didn't come. The voice of the enemy must have been saying to them, “Where is your God? He obviously doesn't care enough about you.” But Scripture says Jesus was waiting because God wanted to show His glory and power to the Jews by raising Lazarus from the dead! Merely healing him from his sickness would not have brought the same level of glory to God.  


Today in our national distress and in any storm in your life, God is not unobservant. He is listening to the prayers of His people who are crying out for help, for divine intervention, for a great awakening that will turn our nation around. Though it seems the wicked are prospering, and the righteous are losing the battles, it is not so.


God is watching from His throne, and as He watches and waits He is working in our hearts through these difficult times. He will come to save us at the precise moment that brings the most glory to His Name.


Though the vision tarry, wait for it. It will come; it is for an appointed time.

 

 

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