HOW LONG?

When God made His promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for Him to swear by, He swore by Himself, saying, ‘I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.’ And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised

(Hebrews 6:13-15).

Abraham believed God but later decided to help Him out. At Sarah’s suggestion, he took her servant, Hagar, as his wife so that she could bear a son, since his and Sarah’s bodies were as good as dead. But this was not God’s plan.

Although he and Sarah were too old to have children, God had revealed to Abraham that a great nation would come from him (Genesis 15:4-5). Preferring more immediate results, we, like Abraham, may try to do things our way rather than wait for God’s timing and His plan to unfold.

We tend to grow weary and ask, “How long, O Lord, will this trial, this difficulty last?”

Joshua needed extra time to defeat his enemies, and the sun stood still! (Joshua 10:13). As long as the sun did not go down they would not go down either. That same power that held the sun is also sustaining us in our deepest darkness!

Goliath defied the armies of Israel forty days and nights (1 Samuel 17:16); and according to Daniel 10:13, the Prince of Darkness hindered Daniel’s prayers for twenty-one days.

Ours is a relentless enemy; therefore, we must be relentless too. Satan knows our vulnerabilities and will push us to our limits. However, persistent prayer overcomes his resistance. “You have need of endurance so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised (Hebrews 10:36). His “righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, [the Lord] will not be pleased with him” (v. 38).

David got into trouble with Bathsheba when he left the battlefield. So, we need to stay there, keep watch, and keep fighting. Look to God for His help and strength. He will not fail.

Faith does not demand details. Obediently, it just patiently waits and trusts God for the right timing and result.

Wait, patiently wait,

God never is late;

Your budding plans are in Your Father’s holding,

And only wait His grand divine unfolding.

Then wait, wait,

Patiently wait.

Trust, hopefully trust,

That God will adjust

Your tangled life; and from its dark concealings,

Will bring His will, in all its bright revealings.

Then trust, trust,

Hopefully trust. –Mercy A. Gladwin