Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
“Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.” __ Daniel 10:12 [emphasis mine]
Do you find yourself dismayed to the point of prayerlessness when you have experienced no move of God in response to your petitions?
I recently applied for a passport upon visiting the local post office. The clerk was sure to inform me of how I might track the process given the long amount of time it takes to actually receive my passport. Tracking allows one the comfort in knowing that things are progressing along properly. Such assurances are unnecessary when it is a matter of waiting upon God.
Several days had passed since the first day Daniel began to fast and pray in accordance with God’s will. There would have been ample time for him to allow discouragement to set in. Nevertheless, he perseveres with God, believing that God must be consistent with Himself and therefore is faithful to His Word. What if you knew that from the very first day, when the words had scarcely left your lips, heaven began to move in response to your petitions? Would you give up so readily? Will the Son of Man find faith on earth when He returns (Luke 18:8)?
Be wary of giving in to the evil urge of deciding that perceived inactivity on the part of God is a matter of indifference or even unfairness. God in His infinite wisdom and foresight enjoys the perfect and complete picture of things, whereas we have a very biased limited view. If we have settled the all-important matter that what we are asking for is indeed consistent with God’s word, His will and His nature, then shall we have the confidence to wait patiently and expectantly for its timely fulfillment (1 John 5:14, 15)… no matter how long it is delayed.