Faith

When God Makes You Wait

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Jesus could have come and healed Lazarus when he was still alive.

Instead, He waited to raise him from the dead when he was already in his grave.

God could have made David become king the day after he was anointed.

Instead, He waited 15 years to rise to the throne, many of those years spent fearing for his life, hiding out and running away from his own father-in-law.

God could have spoken to Moses in the desert about sending him to help free His people from slavery 40 days after he ran away from Egypt.

Instead, He made him wait for 40 long years.

God could have gotten Joseph out of prison one year after he was sentenced there.

Instead, he was stuck in that dungeon for 10 years before he was finally set free.

God could have given Abraham the son He promised him when he was still a young man.

Instead, He waited until he was 100 years old and because of physical reasons would have a more difficult time conceiving at that age.

God could have answered prayers and met the needs of these men of God much quicker, but He didn’t.

He made them wait instead.

And He often makes us do the same.

He makes us wait for healing to come after we’ve been praying for years and there is no sign of recovery.

He makes us wait to fulfill His call in our lives after He puts the desire and passion in our hearts to serve Him in a certain way.

He makes us wait to give us the desires of our hearts, whether it’s a baby, a spouse, or a new job.

He makes us wait for direction when we are stuck at a dead end and we don’t know where to go or what to do.

He could answer that same prayer that you’ve been praying for years every night in a millisecond.

That same prayer that has been bringing you to tears.

That same prayer that the longer that it goes unanswered, the more it makes you question whether He even hears.

He kept Moses in a desert for 40 years.

Joseph in a prison cell for 10 years.

Abraham without a child for 100 years.

David on the run for 15 years.

And maybe He is keeping you right where you’re at for the same reason He kept these men for so many years: to build your faith.

To build your faith in a dungeon cell, during the valley in your life where it’s too dark to see and too hard to believe.

To build your dependence on Him when you are barren and empty to see if He is truly all you desire and all you need.

To see how well you will trust and serve Him when you are still stuck in the background somewhere, doing seemingly nothing too significant for Him.

To build your trust in Him when the storm keeps raging, the battle keeps going and breakthrough and victory doesn’t seem near.

That we grow in faith.

That we learn to only depend on Him.

What are you waiting for today?

What longing do you have that seems so far from ever being fulfilled?

What prayer do you keep on praying that seems to never reach God’s ears?

I want to remind you that God is not deaf to your prayers.

He is not blind to your constant tears, to your desires, and to your needs.

IF He is making you wait, there is a very good reason for it.

If He is telling you “no” today, maybe it’s because He has a better “yes” waiting for you tomorrow.

If He is keeping you in the same place you’ve always been today, maybe it’s because He’s helping build your faith before you enter your Promised Land tomorrow.

If He is not healing you or bringing you victory today, maybe it’s because you will have a greater testimony when He waits to help you be an overcomer tomorrow.

Wherever you are at today know that God is right beside you and that there is a purpose for you. Even if that purpose is to wait.

Don’t give up just because you don’t see anything happening today.

Maybe there is nothing physically happening that your eyes can see but there is definitely something happening in the spiritual realm as you learn to rely on Christ.

Don’t allow your waiting period to make you hopeless about what tomorrow will bring.

Instead, let it build your faith and give you even greater hope for what God has prepared for you.

He made some of the greatest men of faith wait.

Don’t be discouraged if He makes you wait as well.

He will come through for you, just like He came through for them.
“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” – Psalm 27:14

136 Comments

136 Comments

  1. Sadly Single

    May 5, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Then there are many of us very good men that hate so very much being still single today when we really shouldn’t be at all.

  2. Winnie Nyangasi

    April 3, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    thanks, so timely.

  3. Sina Joshua

    April 3, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Amen! I’m waiting on you Lord, your timing is always perfect

  4. Agele Lyne

    April 3, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Faith in God is the best thing that has ever happened to me.

  5. Adrienne Hart

    April 3, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Kim Jordan Spring

  6. Yetunde Hassan

    April 2, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    He will perfect things for your good

  7. Clara Karo

    April 2, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Amen

  8. Alicia Arnold Anderson

    April 2, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Alicia King

  9. Wacera Kimani

    April 2, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Anne Lucas helloo sister, this is some good read. happy sabbath.
    with love

  10. Fasylla Snowden

    April 2, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Amen

  11. Laura Randolph

    April 1, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    it hard frustrating at my age

  12. Tracy Jackson

    April 1, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Jennifer Ladyj

  13. Deandra Lw

    April 1, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Tracy Ebanks de Watler

  14. Jennifer Fullington Daniels

    April 1, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Cassie Anderson Kite

  15. Delores Thompson

    April 1, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Thank you i needed to hear this””

  16. Sally Jonga

    April 1, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    I’ll wait on the Lord with expectations Amen

  17. Joanna L Kearns

    April 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    #THEPRAYINGWOMAN HELP!!

  18. Joanna L Kearns

    April 1, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    WE ARE IN DIRE DAILY NEED OF FERVENT SPECIFIC PRAYER WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF WAITING

  19. Isaac Twum

    April 1, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Amen

  20. Charlotte White

    April 1, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    When GOD MAKES ME FIND PEACE OF MIND

  21. Ruby Flores-Lotfi

    April 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Amen.

  22. Yadira Camarillo

    April 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Jeanette Lara

  23. Bibi Lidia Solis

    April 1, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    I needed this today. Thank you

  24. Rebecca Kirabo

    April 1, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    It happened to me, i had to wait for a very long time . though I shed tears n had to endure the pain, God still answered my prayers, he showed me why he made me wait . Am forever grateful.

  25. Busisiwe Makhaphela

    April 1, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    He has truly made me wait,I’m starting to learn to be patient but I’m tired of waiting

  26. Ruth Maitai

    April 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Amen

  27. LeNae Valle

    April 1, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Kristal Ramirez…

  28. Thembi Mnisi

    April 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Kunjalo

  29. Jenny Greeff

    April 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Amen

  30. Florence Philemon

    April 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Lord i receive grace to wait on You.

  31. Vanessa Bombardiere

    April 1, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Amen!!!

  32. Dee Jones

    April 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Amen

  33. Hadio Moeketsi

    April 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Amen

  34. Grace Chukwuka Ikeogu

    April 1, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Hmmmmmmmm… Ain’t easy.

  35. Kimberly Williams

    April 1, 2017 at 9:47 am

  36. Angela Enoch

    April 1, 2017 at 9:25 am

    It’s a hard thing to do but the best thing to do.

  37. Ong Victorious

    April 1, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Amen ! Lord , we will wait upon You and we trust and believe that in due time my grand child will be able to interact and communicates in sentences with people. Thank You Lord . All Glory To God !!! ❤❤❤✡✌✌✌✌✌✌✌

  38. Josie Mendoza

    April 1, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Anen

  39. Muyama Mary

    April 1, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Surely

  40. Adenike Ojewale Chérie

    April 1, 2017 at 8:09 am

    This is just for me, it’s coming at the right time. You know I used to wonder if He is listening to me at all or maybe am too filthy to be heard but now I have no doubt in my heart that something is going on in the spiritual realm for my best! Thank you Lord.

  41. Ashu Shubh

    April 1, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Very encouraging

  42. Kgakgamatso Tladi

    April 1, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Waiting can make u lose all sense of urslf bt wn i belive nd have faith in god thns will jst fall in to plys. Thank u god all maity with u by ma side i can face anithn

  43. Maritza Cabral

    April 1, 2017 at 6:59 am

    God keeps on talking Nisa Gonzalez Leal.

  44. Idongesit Faith Sunday

    April 1, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Absolutely!! Not just waiting on God, but I’m waiting in God…

  45. Florence Musa Ndangah

    April 1, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Wait while praying hard

  46. Chinwe Herbert

    April 1, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Thanks for this write-up , very encouraging.

  47. Marcia Neethling

    April 1, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Father, I need you to be my Jehovah Jireh today in Jesus name ,Amen

  48. Adre Scholtz

    April 1, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Thank you Jesus

  49. Sarah Atkins

    April 1, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Oh my word, Molly Bishop Parish read this #FaithBuilding

    • Molly Bishop Parish

      April 1, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      I may just have woken up NEEDING this!!! Gonna get my coffee (and my glasses–I’m blind when I wake up) and then read it. I woke up to God asking me, “Would you still believe and would you still serve Me if the waiting place lasts forever?”

    • Molly Bishop Parish

      April 1, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      So good!!! 😭😭🙌🏻🙌🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  50. Stojanova Jasminka

    April 1, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Amen

  51. Thotong Mafiri

    April 1, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Amen

  52. Lindie Nkosi

    April 1, 2017 at 5:15 am

    We might not readily admit it,but all of us have some sort of fear. Trust in Jesus n de storms of life will go away. We only need Faith n Patient…

  53. Heidi Van Wyk

    April 1, 2017 at 4:46 am

    I dont mind waiting on the Lord

  54. Sheila Blackwood

    April 1, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Elaine Merritt

  55. Diana Esther Millican

    April 1, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Going through this right now!!this was so encouraging that it brought me to tears. Thank you for sharing and thank God for His love towards us knowing he wants what is best for us even if we cannot see it

  56. Jolyn Bumphrey

    April 1, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Lee Lynette Pearl

  57. Vasiti Vuetanatotoka

    April 1, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Thanks for keeping me waiting Almighty God because your time is the best time.Amen….

  58. Jill Schaefer

    April 1, 2017 at 3:58 am

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  59. Katie Dietz

    April 1, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Jeanne-Claire Fleming

  60. Winnie Calvert

    April 1, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Amen

  61. Jodi-Anne Campbell-Seaton

    April 1, 2017 at 3:09 am

    It’s hard waiting

  62. Janice Downing Bridges

    April 1, 2017 at 3:07 am

    He always knows what is best, waiting and being patient.

  63. Emprress Lula

    April 1, 2017 at 3:02 am

    I’m still waiting.
    #HisWillbeDone

  64. Sue Russell

    April 1, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Was literally just thinking about Mary and Martha and how God could have come and saved Lazarus but instead he waited 4 days late to build their faith. It was in the darkest hour that God came through!

  65. Sonya Alexander

    April 1, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Amen

  66. Tamara Watson Simon

    April 1, 2017 at 2:35 am

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  67. Delilah Pena

    April 1, 2017 at 2:31 am

    I’ll will wait for you Lord

  68. Khongelani Maluleke Beauty

    April 1, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Certainly painful but worth it

  69. Sandy Arnold

    April 1, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Wait that’s all you can do is wait!!

  70. Precious Jewel

    April 1, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Amen

  71. Krystle Emerald

    April 1, 2017 at 1:49 am

    So he makes good people/believers wait while other people get whatever it is they want immediately
    why does he let us suffer while others dont have to wait for bare minimum things

    • Katlyn Kniceley

      April 1, 2017 at 3:19 am

      I am in the same thoughts as you are. It makes me super bitter. I want to experience love and partnership. I want my daughter to have a father figure. Meanwhile I have friends getting married left and right. I don’t understand?!

    • Krystle Emerald

      April 1, 2017 at 3:49 am

      Its unnecessary suffering.
      Its like u trying to do right but its all for nothing

    • Dimp Cummings

      April 1, 2017 at 5:10 am

      I be feeling the same exact way sometimes but it’s only a matter of time for them. They very what they want but it doesn’t last. We be on the outside looking in thinking that some people lives are great but we truly don’t know what they are going through. Some people will have you fooled they could be suffering from health issues. One thing I know is the enemy knows how to make things look a certain way. We have examples all around us look at the celebrities some of them have everything they want but yet they still cannot figure out this void that they have in their life. What we think we want is not good for us.

    • Sarah Mburu

      April 1, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Meditate on Psalms 73 the whole of it. It will enlighten you alot. Blessings.

    • Gina Rambali

      April 1, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      Katlyn Kniceley what are u doing about it?God gives us choices

    • Terra Lewis

      April 1, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      Sometimes it not God but you. There is a fine between waiting and taking action.

    • Ademakinwa Onaolapo

      April 2, 2017 at 7:18 am

      I feel the same way too but when the psalmist says he was envious of the wicked but he later discovered that their end is full of destruction. Secondly, everyone’s time table in God’s hand is very different. Some people are early starters while some are late starters.learning to wait in God’s own time is not easy but it is the best.

  72. Frances Jones

    April 1, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Will wait on my God,Amen

  73. Christina Munoz

    April 1, 2017 at 1:26 am

    This was a great read! Thank you Amy Chai

  74. Dee Young

    April 1, 2017 at 1:23 am

    AMEN

  75. Amber Triplett

    April 1, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Amen!!!

  76. Shirley Womack Calhoun

    April 1, 2017 at 1:14 am

    God told me something a couple yrs ago… & I’m just now beginning to be blessed with His promise… yes, waiting it the VERY best thing to do

    • Laureen Kamaishah

      April 1, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Thanks for sharing..He told me something as well 4yrs ago, each time I ask Him about it, He says Wait!!! It was frustrating, but now am Hopeful.

  77. Amy Chai

    April 1, 2017 at 1:10 am

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  78. Amy Chai

    April 1, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Felicia Duarte

  79. Amy Chai

    April 1, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Tamara Velasco

  80. Amy Chai

    April 1, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Nicala Heerdt

  81. Jennie Price

    April 1, 2017 at 1:05 am

    I’m waiting right now. Trying to be content. Trusting

  82. Bobbie Deal

    April 1, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Amen

  83. Telly Manuel

    April 1, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Must learn to wait patiently for God’s perfect timing.

  84. Bronwyn Mogashwa

    April 1, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Phatudi Mogashwa

  85. Donna Trueblood

    April 1, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Danielle Acurio

  86. KarLeana R. Renee

    April 1, 2017 at 12:31 am

    tears of joy

  87. Macbenneth Madridejos-Dunford

    April 1, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Amen

  88. Raesetja Lisah

    April 1, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Amen

  89. Darcell Klesper

    April 1, 2017 at 12:16 am

    It certainly is. Very powerful read

  90. Faye Landers

    April 1, 2017 at 12:06 am

    …and wait… and wait…and wait…content while waiting…can’t do it without loving Him first

  91. Tabitha Ross-Mclean

    April 1, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Tracy

  92. Tabitha Ross-Mclean

    April 1, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Shirrell

  93. Tabitha Ross-Mclean

    April 1, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Floretta

  94. Joanna L Kearns

    March 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    thankyou god !

  95. Joanna L Kearns

    March 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    whew thankyoou god !

  96. Brooke Wheeler

    March 31, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Jeni Eilers

  97. Bobbie Tompkins

    March 31, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Trust while waiting

  98. Robin Keller

    March 31, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    I must have Faith and wait on God

  99. Ellah Reu Cabaya

    March 31, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Amen

  100. Jennifer Carole Underwood

    March 31, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    to build your faith…..

  101. Betty Weaver Schwind

    March 31, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Amen

  102. Tee Leas Tulips

    March 31, 2017 at 11:46 pm

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  103. Nortica Williams-Mizyed

    March 31, 2017 at 11:43 pm

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  104. Andrea Laes

    March 31, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Christina Schergen, funny how this just popped up in my feed…. obviously God is telling me to be patient.

  105. Emerald

    August 16, 2016 at 3:21 am

    This is a perfect manifestation of the Holy Spirit at work.Such a great motivation.

  106. oscar

    July 27, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    You can stretch all you yourself want, me , I am tired of waiting….

  107. oscar

    July 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I understand how you might feel. I am 57 and have been waiting and trying to get a wife for years….

    • *Pretty Brown Eyes76*

      July 26, 2016 at 10:46 am

      I would like to see a picture , I like to see who I’m chatting with .

      • oscar

        July 26, 2016 at 9:32 pm

        I don’t know how to put a profile picture on This. Are you on facebook? I am , as my name .

  108. oscar

    July 23, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Maybe Gods purpose is for you to say something positive for them. Maybe He is using you ….

  109. oscar

    July 23, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Is his greater purpose for me to be single for 40 years, have no family, no woman to share love with? Just asking , because he is silent….

  110. RealTruth

    January 22, 2016 at 8:34 am

    It really does suck for many of us good men and women out there that really hate so much being Single since it is very hard finding love these days. Good luck too.

  111. Dani333

    January 20, 2016 at 1:44 am

    I so needed this! It was like the Lord speaking right to me and to the cry in my heart. I was beginning to despair tonight but just started pressing in through worship. Then I came across this! Wow! Every word! Waiting on so many things and so many promises as well. I’ve been waiting for over over 8 years (much longer for some things). Ive been waiting for healing for many health issues, for freedom and deliverance from anxiety, for children, and for the fulfillment of the ministry call on mine and my husband’s life. My current life looks nothing like what God has said He will do, but I know He is faithful. This has been a dessert experience but through it have come rich spiritual lessons and an ever deepening intimacy with the Lord that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I just needed to be reminded of that, and that He works all things together for good. Thank you!! Be blessed!

  112. Dingus O'Malley

    January 14, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I wouldn’t say it’s just about waiting. Heavenly Father follows the law of creation with everything He creates, including experiences in our lives. The law of creation requires a gestation period, where things need to happen in a certain order and it takes time to do that. So instead of waiting for experiences to happen, there are things that have to be learned, in order, over time for the experience to be created. Learning also requires testing to make sure you have it down, just like tests in school or proving yourself you can handle it. Heavenly Father wants us to be responsible adults, so He makes sure we can prove we are before giving us what we want. If He just gave us everything with asked for without effort on our side, He would just spoil us and we would just be children expect everything to be taken care of.

  113. Natalie

    July 13, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Jo, I do believe in Jesus, but I do not believe that poverty and sickness is part of his plan at all. When sin entered the world, it brought with it all of that pain and suffering like poverty, sickness, abuse, depression, etc. That’s why sin is such a serious thing; it actually encourages the suffering in the world. Sometimes, I really struggle with the fact that God doesn’t just reach down and save those starving children and heal the sick, but He is willing to if you have faith. Also, God loves to use us to help others in that way. So, I’m with you; I refuse to buy into the idea that the suffering of the innocent serves a purpose except for the devil’s purpose.

  114. Kimberly

    July 12, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    I don’t even understand this bull. He MAKES YOU WAIT?! With people like me he waits to help them letting them drown in sorrow till they end up killing themselves?! Basically making everyone suffer! I have prayed and prayed throughout every day for help and forgiveness but I’ve never once felt him or anything I’ve always ended up crying myself to sleep. No one even knows if the bible is flipping real. You gave no proof some old dude wrote it. It could all be a total hoax… Plus with all the new remaking of he bible even if it did exist it would no longer be original considering half of it could very well be different. Unless you can prove him CORRECTLY through science then I’ll believe. And yes you could say I’m more than angry. I’ve been asking for help all my life but have received nothing in return. I’m officially done with any stupid religion

    • Christen

      July 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      He makes us wait in order for it to be the right time. Sometimes when we think we are ready for something when we aren’t, but God knows for sure if we are. Sometimes he is making us wait to prepare us for what is to come. Sometimes he doesn’t answer our prayers because he has greater things planned or knows that the thing we’ve prayed for isn’t right for us. I like to think of him like a father figure. If a child asks for something we as parents think it through, make sure it’s for the best of the child before we give it to them. If we think something is better then we will tell them to wait until the other thing comes available. I know in a time of heartache and disappear it is hard to believe in something or someone you can’t touch or feel. My advice to you is to look at and read Psalms and ask questions. There is nothing wrong with questioning things. That is how you learn about God and the Bible. I hope and pray that you find what you are looking for and that God shows you his love and grace!!

    • Natalie

      July 13, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Hi Kimberly, I’m not trying to change your mind with this reply, I just wanted to address some of the points that you’ve made. First of all, I am sorry about your situation, and I truly wish that kind of suffering wasn’t a part of your life. But I’d like to talk about faith because faith goes beyond what we can prove in the physical realm. There are many unanswered questions surrounding science and why things are the way they are, but as I’m sure you’re probably aware, we live in a broken world. There is sin, sickness, poverty, abuse, discrimination, and many more atrocities in this life, and sometimes it’s extremely hard to look past it all and believe in a God that loves and cares for us the way that Jesus does. However, Jesus has promised an eternal life, but the Bible also promises us that we will have suffering in this life because of the sin of the world. Recognizing that Jesus has paid for that sin by dying for us and using this life, even with its suffering, to praise Him through it all, we will someday reach the day when we go to Heaven and there will be no more pain or sickness or sorrow. I just wanted to encourage you that God loves to heal and help us, but He does so when our faith is sufficient. When you accept Jesus, He gives you authority over your circumstances. I would truly encourage you to give Jesus another chance, and instead of angrily pleading for help and blessings, speak in authority. For example, if you are struggling with sorrow and depression, shout “I have joy in Jesus’ name. I do not accept sorrow. I do not accept these sorrowful circumstances.” I know it may sound silly, but “Amen” actually means “So be it” as if we are calling those things into action.

  115. Brittany Blake

    July 6, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    this has been so encouraging to me! I have read this several times, over and over again! I am in the “waiting” phase and this gives me so much hope!! Thank you for sharing this!

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