Patience With God

“How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” Habakkuk 1:2.

“Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.  I am raising up the Babylonians..”  Habukkuk 1:5-6.

It is difficult to be patient.  I have lived much of my life being impatient about this and that.

I’m not happy to miss a green light because of a slower driver in front of me.  I want things to work and when they don’t……..

Habukkuk sees bad things going on and starts out by doing the right thing: He prays about it.

When the bad things continue, Habukkuk does the wrong thing: He complains to God about what He’s doing about it.

It is “normal” to expect someone who is capable of fixing something to fix it, especially when you ask them to do it over and over again.

This line of thinking fails when it comes to God.  Imagine the folly of going this route: “This is what is wrong.  This is what You need to do to fix it. When are You going to start working on it?  Why is it taking so long?”

That approach is all wrong. I CANNOT schedule what God will do and when He will do it.  His Ways are NOT my ways!  He will do what He will do on His own schedule.  My task is to recognize that He hears me and to never forget that He knows what must be done.

I have been praying for a relative of mine for many years.  He’s not a believer.  Nice person but unwilling to see his need for a Savior.  I want him to become a believer and I have asked God to intervene in His life.  It is hard not to worry that my relative may spend his after-life apart from God.  Has God heard my prayers for him?  Definitely.

Habukkuk got an answer after he spoke his impatience to God.  “I’m raising up the Babylonians..”

I have not received an answer for how/when God is going to draw my relative into an eternal relationship with Him.  I will continue to ask, not to be sure that God hears me, but because God is my best friend and I can talk about what’s on my heart to Him.

Conclusions: I know that God hears my prayers. I know that His answer to my prayers will amaze me.

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