I wrote a post a few weeks ago called When God answers “no” which addressed the subject of unanswered prayer – when you have been asking for something and God has not given it to you. We considered whether this was compatible with God’s promise, ‘Ask, and it shall be given you’ (Matthew 7:7) and how the reason we do not receive is often that we ‘ask amiss’ (James 4:2).
In concluding that post I said that there may be times when we are asking for right things, in faith and with right motives, but still God doesn’t give us what we are seeking. One reason for this may be that we want something now, whereas God’s way is to teach us lessons while we wait. When I have had times like this in my life, the following poem has been a huge help to me. It really sums things up better than I can. I share it with you in the hope that it will be an encouragement as you wait for God’s answer to your prayer:
Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried.
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, He replied.
I pleaded, and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said,
“Child, you must wait.”
“Wait? You say wait??” my indignant reply.
“Lord, I need answers, I need to know why.
Is your hand shortened?
Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I’m claiming your Word.“
“My future, and all to which I can relate
Hangs in the balance,
and you tell me ‘wait’?
I’m needing a ‘yes’,
a go-ahead sign,
Or even a ‘no’, to which I can resign.
And Lord, you have promised that if we believe,
We need but ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:
“I’m weary of asking: I need a reply!”
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master replied once again, “You must wait.”
So I slumped in my chair;
defeated and taut and grumbled to God;
“So I’m waiting, for what?”
He seemed then to kneel
and His eyes met with mine
And He tenderly said,
“I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens,
Darken the sun,
Raise the dead,
Cause the mountains to run.
All you see I could give, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want,
But you wouldn’t know Me.“
“You’d not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.
You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust, just by knowing I’m there.
You’d not know the joy of resting in Me,
When darkness and silence was all you could see.
You would never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My heart.
The glow of My comfort late in the night;
The faith that I give when you walk without sight;
The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.“
“And you never would know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that ‘My grace is sufficient for thee.’
Yes, your dreams for that loved one o’ernight could come true,
But the loss! if you lost what I’m doing in you!“
“So be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And though oft’ may My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all….is still…wait.”
Wait – R Kelfer[A00111 – 13/06/2019]