when God makes you wait

by Anna Bachinsky


Jesus could have come and healed Lazarus when he was still alive

instead, He waited to raise him from the dead when he was already in his grave


God could have made David become king the day after he was anointed

instead, He waited 15 years to rise to the throne, many of those years spent fearing for his life, hiding out and running away from his own father-in-law.


God could have spoken to Moses in the desert about sending him to help free His people from slavery 40 days after he ran away from Egypt

instead, He made him wait for 40 long years


God could have gotten Joseph out of prison one year after he was sentenced there

instead, he was stuck in that dungeon for 10 years before he was finally set free


God could have given Abraham the son He promised him when he was still a young man

instead, He waited until he was 100 years old and because of physical reasons would have a more difficult time conceiving at that age


God could have answered prayers and met the needs of these men of God much quicker, but He didn’t

He made them wait instead


and He often makes us do the same


He makes us wait for healing to come after we’ve been praying for years and there is no sign of recovery

He makes us wait to fulfill His call in our lives after He puts the desire and passion in our hearts to serve Him in a certain way

He makes us wait to give us the desires of our hearts, whether it’s a baby, a spouse, or a new job

He makes us wait for direction when we are stuck at a dead end and we don’t know where to go or what to do


He could answer that same prayer that you’ve been praying for years every night in a millisecond

that same prayer that has been bringing you to tears

that same prayer that the longer that it goes unanswered, the more it makes you question whether He even hears


He kept Moses in a desert for 40 years

Joseph in a prison cell for 10 years

Abraham without a child for 100 years

David on the run for 15 years


and maybe He is keeping you right where you’re at for the same reason He kept these men for so many years: to build your faith


to build your faith in a dungeon cell, during the valley in your life where it’s too dark to see and too hard to believe

to build your dependence on Him when you are barren and empty to see if He is truly all you desire and all you need

to see how well you will trust and serve Him when you are still stuck in the background somewhere, doing seemingly nothing too significant for Him

to build your trust in Him when the storm keeps raging, the battle keeps going and breakthrough and victory doesn’t seem near


that we grow in faith

that we learn to only depend on Him


what are you waiting for today ?

what longing do you have that seems so far from ever being fulfilled ?

what prayer do you keep on praying that seems to never reach God’s ears ?


I want to remind you that God is not deaf to your prayers

He is not blind to your constant tears, to your desires, and to your needs

if He is making you wait, there is a very good reason for it

if He is telling you “no” today, maybe it’s because He has a better “yes” waiting for you tomorrow

if He is keeping you in the same place you’ve always been today, maybe it’s because He’s helping build your faith before you enter your Promised Land tomorrow

if He is not healing you or bringing you victory today, maybe it’s because you will have a greater testimony when He waits to help you be an overcomer tomorrow


wherever you are at today know that God is right beside you and that there is a purpose for you. Even if that purpose is to wait

don’t give up just because you don’t see anything happening today

maybe there is nothing physically happening that your eyes can see but there is definitely something happening in the spiritual realm as you learn to rely on Christ

don’t allow your waiting period to make you hopeless about what tomorrow will bring


instead, let it build your faith and give you even greater hope for what God has prepared for you

He made some of the greatest men of faith wait

don’t be discouraged if He makes you wait as well

He will come through for you, just like He came through for them


“ wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD ”

– Psalm 27:14


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