Day 19 – When God says “Not Now”
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened. – Acts 16:25-26 (ESV)
There are times when God delays answering our prayers because the timing isn’t right. What do we do while we wait for God to answer? Paul and Silas are a great example of how to act when waiting for God to answer our prayers. We can learn from them that patience is not merely the ability to wait, but it’s how you act while you’re waiting. Waiting shouldn’t be a passive activity for the follower of Jesus. Some people say, “I’m just waiting on God” when all they’re doing is using that as an excuse for laziness. In God’s economy, waiting is not an inactivity, but an active process. Stay faithful. Do the little things. Go the extra mile. Don’t let your lack of passion be the reason God is delaying the answer. If you want to take a deeper look at this topic, a great example of active and obedient waiting is vividly illustrated in the life of Joseph in Genesis 37-50.
Ask the Lord to help you stay faithful and active in times of waiting.