When God Doesn’t Answer

Sometimes in life, it seems like God doesn’t answer. I know He’s watching (Job 34:21 “For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.”). I also know He’s listening (Psalms 24:5 ‘The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.”). But so often, God just takes His sweet time in answering.

Perhaps it is because I’m spoiled and I’m so used to having everything shortly after I first conceive the idea of having it. In other areas of life, if I get hungry, I can run through a fast food restaurant and have food in less than 5 minutes or I can pull a prepared meal out of the freezer and have it ready in the microwave in just about the same amount of time. If I want to buy something from someone on the other side of the nation, I can have them overnight the package to me and I’ll have it the next morning. Or if I want to know some information, I can Google it and know the answer in about a minute.

If I’m being honest with myself, I expect God to work like Google. I go to Him when I have a problem and expect Him to answer instantly. Not only is that unrealistic, but it’s also unfulfilling.

You see, it’s the things that I’ve invested time into that I enjoy and treasure the most. The meal that I’ve spent hours preparing is the meal that tastes the best and I’m willing to share. The package I wait in anticipation for is the package I’m excited about opening. And the information I invest time researching and studying is the information I remember the best.

Waiting makes things more valuable. It takes two days of good weather to make good hay, three weeks for a seed to sprout, nine months for a baby to be born, and two years for an apple tree to produce fruit.

When I look at scripture, you find that there is a lot of waiting going on. To start with, the world waited four thousand years for Jesus to come and when He did, there was another thirty years of waiting for Him to grow up (Luke 3:23). I was born about two thousand years after he rose from the dead and the world is still waiting on His return.

Just about any story in the Bible you’ll find that someone is waiting. Noah waited forty days for the flood to be over, The New Testament Church waited weeks for the Holy Ghost to come down, and Joseph waited decades for his dream to some true, Israel waited centuries for the Promise Land to be given to them. Look at Psalms. It’s full of times where David is waiting.

Psalms 40:1, “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.”

Psalms 25:5, “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”

Psalms 130:5-6, “I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.”

Jeremiah tells us in Lamentations 3:25-26 that “The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.” When we wait on the Lord, He gives us strength (Ps 27:14; Is 40:31), mercy (Ps 123:2), salvation from evil (Prov. 20:22), and an inheritance (Ps 37:7-9). In Isaiah 64:4 we’re told that “for since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor received by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”

When God doesn’t answer and forces you to wait, be happy. Rejoice. As one hymn says, “It’s for your good and for His glory.”