Today: Proverbs 13

I sometimes act like a whiny adolescent when I ask my Father for something. This is what I want, and I want it now! I may not pray those words, but God knows all about my attitude. Why aren’;t you answering my prayer, Lord?  I ask.  I mean, I know this is inside your will. I know that as a loving Father, you want what’s best for me, and I know this is best for me. I know you will receive all the glory if I get this. I know. I know.  See the problem here? Sometimes we pray as if we know more or better than the sovereign God who created the universe!

While reading Proverbs 13 today, I came across verse 12:

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy. (New Living Translation).

Delayed or deferred gratification makes the heart feel sick for a while, sometimes even a long while, but we also know that perseverance through times of waiting develops maturity, wisdom, character, and hope in us (James 1:2-4; Romans 5:3-5). This takes trust.

Trusting God means trusting in his timing.
Trusting God means believing God is working for good in our lives.
Trusting God means being certain that God always keeps his promises.

The apostle Paul said that “when the right time came, God sent his Son” (Galatians 4:4, NLT). God knows what he is doing! He could have sent his Son hundreds of years earlier, but that would not have been the right time. He could have waited and sent his Son years later, but that would not have been the right time either. God had a plan for sending his gift of salvation, and he still does.

Whatever you are waiting on God for right now, God knows the right time to send his answer (and his answer may or may not be exactly what you are asking for!).

What are you waiting on God for today? How will you trust him with the timing?

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Michael Mack has been involved in small group ministry as a pastor, writer, trainer, and speaker for more than 25 years. He founded in 1995 and started Small Group Leadership in 2012. He became the 12th editor of Christian Standard magazine in 2017 and continues to speak in churches about small groups, discipleship, and leadership. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. They have four young adult children. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of friends. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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  1. arector

    August 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Mike, thanks so much for sharing this. I plan to save this and re-read it on occassion when I need a reminder.


  2. Mike Mack

    August 15, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks, Andy. One thing I've noticed is that when I look back to things I asked God for years ago, I can see how he answered in his own time with my best in mind. And I can see very clearly that his response and his timing was much better than my way or my timing!

    My trust in him in my current circumstances is not a blind trust. He has shown me his faithfulness and sovereignty many times before … but it is still trust!


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