In this age of instant gratification, nobody likes waiting. We expect instant SMS and MSN replies, online transactions completed in seconds, and MRT trains to arrive when we step onto the platforms. Maybe that has affected our attitude towards prayer as well. We expect quick answers to our prayers, and when that doesn’t happen, we wonder if God is there or even cares. That’s why Paul Tripp’s article on Spiritual Muscle Development is so humbling, insightful and encouraging in unveiling the faithlessness in our hearts and exhorting us to exercise our spiritual muscles in times of waiting.
The reality of waiting is that it’s an expression of God’s goodness not empirical evidence against it. He is wise and loving. His timing is always right, and his focus isn’t so much on what you will experience and enjoy, but on what you will become. He is committed to using every tool at his disposal to rescue you from yourself and to shape you into the likeness of his Son. The fact is that waiting is one of his primary shaping tools.
[Really, you must read his full article here. The fact that I’m posting this means it’s good.]
I admit that sometimes I get impatient with God not answering my prayers when I wanted them. I’ve been guilty of every charge of doubt, anger, discouragement, envy, and inactivity mentioned by Paul Tripp. But God uses our waiting for our good, and for me, it’s to trust in God’s wisdom, power and love as I wait for the unveiling of His plans.