And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? ~Luke 18:7 (NIV)
Recently, I sent a DVD to some young lads who enjoy the old western movies and TV series. I wanted to share with them my love for the old time westerns. You probably don’t have the same passion for such things, but those movies were predicable and fun to watch. I always knew that the good guys would win out in the end, the wrongs would be made right, and the cavalry would always show up just in the nick of time.
In a great sense, God operates this way, too. There are times, however, when we’re not so sure. It’s possible that you, like myself, have been down to your last dollar and some bill was due. At other times our sickness seems to linger longer than we think it ought. You have prayed and prayed for something that your heart was burdened for and God seemed not to have answered in the time you thought He should.
So many times I have heard people say that God seemed to wait until the very last minute to answer their prayer. On other occasions, He seemed not to answer at all. They ask: Why does He wait? I don’t know why. God is God, and I am not.
I have often used the phrase, “timing is everything.” Where God is concerned there are no accidents or coincidences. And I am persuaded that His timing is forever perfect. He’s like the cavalry in the old western movies: He shows up right at the critical point in the individual’s life. Telling you this, I am sure, doesn’t reduce the anxiety that you sometimes feel during those crises in your life.
The verse in Luke 18 assures us that God does patiently listen as we pray in our distress, but He is waiting for the proper time to act. Our part in all this is to persevere in our prayers and trust that “the cavalry will arrive” in due course.
“Hang in there, baby!”
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
~Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 46 years.