In 2001, my Papaw was declining in health after years of fighting his battle with cancer. There was not a day that went by where I did not pray for his healing and plead with God to save him. Those prayers seemingly went unanswered when this great man, whom I loved dearly, passed away during the night.
I was heartbroken and confused as to why the Lord was so silent when I needed Him the most. How could He abandon me? All I wanted was recognition that He had heard my request, even if it meant He had other plans.
It’s hard to wait for the Lord to act during times when you feel lost. However, during these times we can find comfort in the truth of scripture that the Lord has given to us.
Finding Patience In Our Waiting
Did you know that patience is really finding faith in God’s timing? One pastor put it this way…
Impatience is a form of unbelief. It’s what we begin to feel when we start to doubt the wisdom of God’s timing or the goodness of God’s guidance. It springs up in our hearts when our plan is interrupted or shattered.”
There are prayers that I have been praying for specific people in my life for years, much like for my grandfather, but these prayers have not been answered. Is there something or someone you have been praying for over the course of a long period of time? I would encourage you to practice patience while you wait, which is actually a command of God (Psalm 27:14; James 5:7-8). It’s important to remember that God’s timing is always perfect, and we must be patient even when we don’t see how He’s working on our end.
Losing Ourselves In the Waiting
Whether we like it or not, this Christian life is one in which we will often have to wait on the Lord to give us clear guidance. When it feels as if God has forgotten us during these times of waiting, we need to push through looking for hope in His answer to our prayers (Psalm 130:5; Lamentations 3:24-26; Psalm 39:7).
Unfortunately, when waiting on the Lord we can be fooled into thinking things are falling apart. Then we find ourselves over analyzing everything. It’s during these times that we tend to lose faith because we haven’t heard from God. It’s that silence of God that leaves us feeling alone.
In his song The Silence of God, singer-songwriter, Andrew Peterson brilliantly pens these feelings well. This song has ministered to me time and time again.
It’s enough to drive a man crazy; it’ll break a man’s faith
It’s enough to make him wonder if he’s ever been sane
When he’s bleating for comfort from Thy staff and Thy rod
And the heaven’s only answer is the silence of God
It’ll shake a man’s timbers when he loses his heart
When he has to remember what broke him apart
This yoke may be easy, but this burden is not
When the crying fields are frozen by the silence of God
And the man of all sorrows, he never forgot
What sorrow is carried by the hearts that he bought
So when the questions dissolve into the silence of God
The aching may remain, but the breaking does not
In the holy, lonesome echo of the silence of God”
Learn to Wait Well
I don’t know what you might be waiting on as you read this, but I am sure that there have been times, and there will likely be times in your life when you struggle with God’s timing and silence. We have to trust that God’s will, timing, and His answer are revealed in the waiting. Let’s learn to wait well upon our Lord and keep walking in faith as we wait.