I was reading this from UCB’s Word for Today
‘How long, O Lord, must I call for help?…’ Habakkuk 1:2 Are you waiting for your vision to start coming to pass, or to find a solution to a problem you’re facing, or for the first signs of fulfilment to a promise God has made you? You’re not the first person to struggle with the idea of waiting, and you won’t be the last. Furthermore, when you get what you’re waiting for now, you’ll begin waiting for something else. If there’s one word that defines Christian living, it’s – waiting. God said to the prophet Habakkuk, ‘The revelation awaits an appointed time…and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay’ (Habakkuk 2:3 NIV). Why did God say that? Because He was answering the prophet’s question, ‘How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?’ Look at the patriarch Job. Covered in boils and totally bankrupt, he says, ‘If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, ’til my change comes’ (Job 14:14 NKJV). Waiting for things to change is not easy. So what should you do while you’re waiting? Pour yourself into the job at hand; otherwise you’ll shortchange your own future. James writes, ‘Be patient…See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm…’ (James 5:7-8 NIV). What God has in store for you is worth any price you have to pay and any season of waiting you have to go through.
I like many people will know this feeling of waiting, I have been waiting for many years for healing. For my body to be made new allowing me to live and work for God without pain or illness. Others are waiting for job openings, new relationships, the list goes on.
The revelation awaits an appointed time…and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay’ (Habakkuk 2:3 NIV) may well be true and I am sure it is, but waiting is not easy, we wonder if the other person has forgotten. We wonder if our request has been denied, or are we not good enough. In our hearts and minds we know that God loves us and has said He will answer our prayer and our needs, but we still wonder and doubt. A doubt that comes from the devil.
You too, be patient and stand firm…’ (James 5:7-8 NIV) God says, but how long Lord do we have to wait, I know He is with me day by day all the time, but when will you answer.
I have no answer to this other than the deep belief that God will answer, I do not know if I will be healed soon or never. Or at least until I met Him face to face, when I will be without pain and illness. I know Paul, as well as Jesus himself suffered and often that helps but over times it doesn’t. Most of the time I can cope with where I am, but sometimes even knowing God is with me I struggle to cope.
So I end where this thought started How long, O Lord, must I call for help?..
When is my appointed time?
I pray that God will be there for your needs, that He will answer them soon, I pray that you can continue to ask for your need to be met. I pray that God will give you the grace to wait and the blessings of His and others presence to help you day by day as you wait.