8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. - 2 Peter 3:8-9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise - He IS fulfilling His promise in the waiting. The waiting is part of the plan, and it is there that He has so much for us to learn.
There are times in my life where God has answered my prayer surprisingly quickly, but there are more times where He made me wait. It is in the times of waiting where my faith has grown the most. See, when He answers quickly, my heart is happy, but my prayers are often a quick high five. Woo hoo! Thank you for taking care of that God, you’re awesome!! What doesn’t happen in those quick prayers is the humbleness or the searching of my heart, or the submitting and trusting of His will in my life. When we have to return to Him in prayer multiple times as we wait for Him to move our mountain, we have to continue to surrender our will to His, we have to continue to say to Him, “your ways are higher than my own.”
When our hearts bring a prayer to Him over and over, it causes us to examine if that request is truly within His will because we know He will answer any request of ours that is prayed for according to His will. We also search our hearts for any unrepentant sin issues because scripture also tells us that we must confess our sins before bringing our requests before the Lord. And bringing prayers to Him over and over gives us opportunities to stand firm on His promises by living our lives out loud and confident that He will fulfill His promises. How powerful is it for you to watch someone confidently wait on the Lord to act, and then to see Him do it? He is magnified in those moments to all who had witness.
I am not a patient person by nature, but He is growing me in my ability to see value in waiting. I am so very thankful that He is patient toward me.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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