I was just 5 or 6 years of age at a very busy street market in Italy walking beside my mom, when I suddenly did not see her by my side. She had stopped at a fruit vendor and I was sidetracked looking the other way. I lost site of her and in the middle of a huge crowd, I felt I had been forgotten.
Like any child, I started crying and calling for my mom. Of course she was not far from me and one of her friends who knew me (everyone knows everyone in Italy), brought me to where she was and the feeling of having been forgotten went away when I saw my mom’s smile and heard her reassuring voice.
I think we all go through times when we are waiting for something and feel forgotten, neglected or abandoned. I know I have. But just because God has not answered our prayer in our timeframe, it does not mean He has forgotten us or that He does not care. God does not measure time by the span of our human understanding or patience. To Him, 1 day is like a 1000 years and 1000 years like 1 day.
In our waiting, God is working on our behalf. Even now, as you’re reading this blog and thinking that God is not interested in your life, He is in fact working things out for your good.
I personally find it easier to trust God’s ability because of His track record in the Bible, than trusting His timing to answer my prayers. We all wish God would answer us when we expect it. But faith in God involves relying and trusting not only in His ability to do what we ask, but in trusting He knows when it is the right time for the answer.
Galatians 4:4-5 gives us this reminder: “But when the right time came, God sent his Son, who was born from a woman and lived under the law. God did this so that he could buy the freedom of those who were under the law. God’s purpose was to make us his children.”
God will be right on schedule but just not at our beck and call. He is not a bubble gum machine where you insert your coin and get your answer. God knows what we are asking and praying for, the financial need addressed or healing for a physical need. God understands and has power and empathy for our human frailty and “when the right time comes” He will come through for us.
Reliance starts with the realization of dependance. Unless you and I realize our need of God, how can we rely on Him and trust Him to answer our prayers?
When my children were younger, I would file my income tax listing them as dependents. They depended on us, but also as our children, they never questioned our care. They just expected us, as their parents, to care for them and address all their needs. How much more will God address our needs with His limitless power?
As we navigate through the truth that we are not forgotten, take these simple suggestions from God’s word and my life experience.
1. START WITH CHILDLIKE FAITH AND RELIANCE ON GOD
He knows what we need, He has us listed as His dependents, we are not forgotten.
Matthew 18:3: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
John 1:12: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.”
2. OUR IDENTITY IS NOT WRAPPED IN WHAT WE DO, BUT IN WHO WE ARE
Even in the midst of our greatest needs, knowing we are His son and daughter and He is our Father should still the anxiety to receive the answer “now”, because we trust in both His ability and timing.
Psalm 9:10: “Lord, those who know your name come to you for protection. And when they come, you do not leave them without help.”
3. LEARNING TO WAIT BEFORE THE LORD
Because while we wait, He is not only working His purposes FOR us, but also IN us. He is growing and stretching us – the goal is to wait on the Lord, not wait on the answer. He wants us to be more in love with Him than with the answer; to become more like Him and less focused on our desires or needs alone.
Psalm 37:7 says “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.”
Have you felt like God has forgotten you? As we start 2016, let’s reset our approach, realize we are His beloved children, let’s trust Him as we wait, at the right time He will come through for you.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.