Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; (KJV)
Exodus 15:13 In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling. (KJV)
What happens when God does not answer you immediately?
There are times when you pray, and for you, it is an emergency. You need the Lord to answer you right away. A day goes by, and it does not seem like you have a solution, then a week and possibly a month. You may try to work it out for yourself if you have not grounded your faith and belief in God. Since you don’t have all the information needed, your interference can make things worse. Read the story of Sarah and Hagar (Genesis 16-18). You can choose to be importune, as the friend in Luke 11:5-8 (* read it below). Ultimately, you just have to wait. Waiting on God is only hard if you decide it is. God is faithful, that should make the wait easy.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)
The problem you see as an emergency is just a steppingstone on the path. You must not waste time worrying.
Ephesians 5:15-16 Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], 16 making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. (Amplified Bible AMP)
The Lord can compensate for the faults or adverse effects of your issue and help you get back anything lost. Just read the story of Job.
Job 42:10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job and restored his fortunes, when he prayed for his friends; also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
God is not a respecter of persons (Romans 2:11). However you wait, if you wait, He will do the same for you.
1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
You can go back and read the devotional from October 17 and encourage yourself. Don’t wait until the battle is over; give Him praise now because He is Go’el [gō-el] (Kinsman Redeemer).
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I confess, in a lot of the situations I encounter, I try to figure out what I need to do, without consulting You. I have also come to You, more times than I can count, to ask You for the solution, without waiting to hear Your response. Again, I did what “I thought” was the right thing for me to do. I repented in those times and I will keep repenting until those times and situations are no more. Whenever I tell You waiting is hard; You show me I made waiting hard. I spent too much time trying to fix the situation myself before I brought it to You. All the while, I was making things worse for me. When I was finally at the end of me, I brought You “my emergency”. Now, I look at my life differently. You have always had an unchanging, expected end for my life. No matter what I may perceive to be a problem or an emergency, Jeremiah 29:11 tells me, You have a plan. I may not know all the details of the plan, however, I know You are the Planner. I know who You are. When I pray, continue to help me wait for Your plan to unfold. I will come to You with everything I face. I repent for trying to do Your job. Help me do my job; which very simply is to wait on You and to trust You…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.
* Luke 11:5-8
Then he said, “Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’7 “The friend answers from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door’s locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’ 8 “But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need. (The Message)