“How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but your do not listen?” (Habakkuk 1:2)
Have you ever sometimes felt forgotten, or felt that maybe God is too busy to answer your cry for help? I am pretty sure we have all been there; we may earnestly pursue help or an answer from Him, but in return only sense His silence…or so it seems. It can be defeating, discouraging, and lonely. Just like Habakkuk, we may complain vigorously to God about a situation or hardship, but I think that God’s answer to him would be the same answer he would give to us, “if it seems slow in coming, we have to wait patiently because it will surely take place!” It’s not easy to wait, especially when we think God is being silent, but as I am sure most of us have learned in the past, our impatience only gets in the way of what He plans to do with us. In the end, we know that God is in control, and we must wait patiently for Him to answer and to act.
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time, it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it, it will certainly come and not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:3)
We humans have a difficult time waiting; why wait…why not now? We want instant gratification, and we want it in this moment! We expect instant answers without the discipline of waiting for God’s timing. Even though God may seem silent in regards to a specific appeal or request, we must remember that He is always in a constant state of communication with us. It might not be time for God to reveal the answer or solution to our problem, but we have to trust God even in His silence, because His delays aren’t necessarily His denials. One thing I have certainly learned is that God does answer prayers and requests but not always immediately or in the way I think they should be answered; but I have also learned not to question or doubt His wisdom or timing. We do not fully understand why God makes us wait, and we don’t always see the sign of God’s power while we are waiting. But we do know that He has a purpose in our waiting, and we can be assured that He is going to show up when the solution or request seems hopeless, or even impossible!
“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (Habakkuk 3:18)
We have a choice as we go through troubles, painful circumstances, and even God’s apparent silence. It starts with trust and faith; if we trust Him and wait patiently, He will answer us. And just like Habakkuk, we must choose to wait patiently and trust in Him even in His silence. Even through the various troubles and events of the evil world, Habakkuk chose to be joyful and rejoice in the Lord. His heart was filled with joy, not with bitterness, anger, or resentment.
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength, He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.” (Habakkuk 3:19)
Just because God seems silent, we should never doubt Him or stop praying. His silence is an invitation to press on and seek Him more persistently. He is in control, and hears our cries for help, and He waits for the perfect time to speak. We cannot see all that God is doing, or see all that He will do, but we can be assured that He will answer us when the time is right. And even though it’s not easy to wait when God is silent, experience tells us the wait is worth it. We can leave all of our doubts behind, because we know that our relationship with Him can give us inner energy and strength that can sustain us. Our true happiness lies in resting in His will, in His loving arms, and in His perfect timing.
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