In the midst of hardships, we tend to feel our prayers and cries to God aren’t being heard because we may not see an immediate change in our situations. This is a misconception of how our relationship with God actually should be. We are to put our all our trust into God’s hands, after all, “God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.” 1 John 3:20. And just because we do not see an immediate change doesn’t mean God never heard you, because He has!
The following 7 Bible verses are just a few words from God that reassure us that God’s timing is always perfect, even when we cannot see it!
1. He Is Patient- 2 Peter 3:8-9
“ But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
What we may comprehend as seeing a slow response is due to God not listening to us, we are not taking time to be patient. God is patient with us and we in return should be patient with him.
It is very easy to compare ourselves to others and wonder why something has come through for them but it has yet to happen for us. We need to understand that there is a purpose and reason for something not happening or not changing. I feel it is us that needs to be doing the changing, starting with being patient.
2. God Directs- Proverbs 16:9
“ In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
We are all guilty of pre-planning out our future, sometimes it is good but many times it is not. When we create a long-term plan in our hearts, we then quickly find ourselves disappointed and even lost. But if we confide in the Lord and let Him bring us to where we need to be, there isn’t any room for these hurt feelings and the steps we took to get to these great moments in our lives are enjoyed throughout our journey.
3. His Timing- Ecclesiastes 3:1
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”
God never promised us that our life on earth would be easy, but He did say that there is a time and season for everything. If you continue reading through verse 8 you will see how many things that we consider good end up countering with something we consider bad, but God has told us there is a purpose for it all. Verse 2-8 it reads, “ a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
4. Live For Today-Proverbs 27:1
“ Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”
Recognizing that each day we rise from our beds we have only God to thank for it. We do not know what tomorrow will bring so we should celebrate each day and live by honoring God in the gift of life we often take for granted.
Our lives can change in a blink of an eye which gives us an even more powerful purpose to live for today and not brag about anything that may come tomorrow because we may not see tomorrow. God has given us today and we should rejoice in these moments, not future ones.
5. Hope And A Future- Jeremiah 29:11-12
“ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
God has created a plan for each one of us but the way we go about trusting His plan can dictate our overall happiness. When we pray we open up the communication line between God and ourselves. It allows us to go to Him before seeking help anywhere else and it shows our submission to Him and His plan for us. The plans He has for us always exceeds our wildest expectations because it aligns with what we are meant to be doing, not what we expect we should be doing.
6. Wait Quietly- Lamentations 3: 25-26
“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
The last thing we think of doing in bad situations is waiting. We tend to act hastily without actually thinking or fleeing the issue to avoid certain emotions or the reality of our choices. We also don’t often do this quietly either. When we put our hope in the Lord we find that we can stand quietly and still, giving it over to God since He is in control in the first place. God is always good and has given us the gift of salvation through his son, Jesus Christ. So we should stand still in the middle of the storm and know God is there and is in control.
7.Submit To Him- Proverbs 3:5-6
“ Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
God had created each of us for a purpose and many of us do not know what that purpose is, but if we allow God’s word to speak to us, follow His commands, and allow less of ourselves, we will find that path will lead us down a purposeful path. So don’t rely on yourself, rely on God!
The only way we can trust in God’s timing is through spending more time with Him, allowing His word to shape our hearts and to bend our knees before Him. As our relationship with Him progresses the ability to be patient, still, and obedient only become necessities for this relationship.
If you find yourself today not liking the situation you are in or where certain events in your life have taken you, I encourage you to dive into scripture and let God do the talking. You may see that the valley you are facing today bring you tomorrow to the top of a mountain!