How Long, O Lord?

Aletha HinthornA friend had gone to many interviews looking for a job. One day after months of looking, she was again turned down. "If God had given me a job with a salary paying many thousands," she commented, "we would have said, 'Isn't God good!' But God is just as good when He asks me to wait."

When we hang on to faith during disappointment, our faith grows. If God always answered our prayers quickly, we would be short-changed. The benefits of waiting--of holding on to our confident expectation that God is faithful--are so profitable to us that God in His grace and mercy often delays answers to our prayers.

The Psalmist said, "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him"(Ps. 62:5 KJV). "It is comparatively easy," said E. M. Bounds, "to wait upon God; but to wait upon Him only, is, I suspect, a difficult and rare attainment."

If I am truly waiting on God to meet my needs I don't look to anyone but God to remedy the situation. We may cry, "How long, O Lord?" but we still hold on to confident assurance.

Thank You, Lord, for accepting my patient waiting as faith in Your faithfulness.

"No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame" (Psalm 25:3).