How Long Must I Wait, Lord?
By Shern Godwin
And the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision, and
make it plain upon tables that they may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the
end, it shall speak and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it;
because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2: 2, 3)
Have you ever been given a vision by God that seems like it will
not come to pass? The waiting turns from days to years. I, too,
am at that place in God. I am waiting for the fulfillment of His
promises spoken to me.
God may have given a word to you about the salvation of a loved
one, about going forth in your ministry, about a new home, about
a financial breakthrough, about a godly mate, about healing for
yourself or someone you know, or about a new business venture.
Whatever the vision He has put in your heart and spirit, know
that He will bring it to pass in His timing.
God is not a man that He should lie; nor the son of man
that He should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it?
or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)
I have learned in my walk with God that He answers in three ways:
Yes, No, and Wait. The answer "Wait" is sometimes hard
for me to comprehend. How long must I wait, Lord? God responded
to me by His Holy Word:
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen
thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psalm 27:14)
I am learning that the waiting process is not all bad. In this
process God is molding me to become more like Him and making me
ready for His promises. He is stretching me in my faith and allowing
me to trust Him more, regardless of how the circumstances seem
to be playing out in the natural. I am surrendering daily and
waiting for the promise.
Recently, I had a year that proved to be one of those seasons of truly
waiting on the Lord. I had my routine mammogram in March of that
year, and once it was done, I was so glad that it was behind me
-- or so I thought.
One day I received a phone call from the nurse who told me that
my mammogram didn't come back normal. I was told by the doctor
that I needed to have a biopsy because there was a suspicious
Never had I been faced with a situation like this and I began
to cry out to God. Prayer went forth on my behalf as fear tried
to conquer me. I thank God for the prayers and encouragement of
my family and the household of faith.
The biopsy was finally done after what seemed to be weeks of
waiting. The test proved that I would need to have surgery to
remove the growth. This led to more waiting and not knowing what
to expect. I committed myself in the hands of the Lord. God showed
Himself mightily to me.
A few weeks after the surgery, I was told everything was fine
and the growth was benign. God indeed is a Healer. Although the
waiting throughout that entire process was not pleasant, my faith
increased. I have learned to really trust in the Lord.
Today I know with surety that there is nothing impossible with
God. He is faithful and will deliver you on time.
As a sister in the Lord, I encourage you as well. As you are
waiting for His promise to you to be fulfilled, let Him be glorified
through you. As you are continue to trust in His perfect timing,
though it tarry, wait for it. It will surely come to pass. It
will not tarry.
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