Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)
One thing I learned during my enlistment in the U.S. Navy is the truth behind the off repeated statement -- hurry up and wait. We'd line up and march a quick step down to the mess hall only to have to wait what seemed like forever to eat. Upon graduation we had to stand at attention on the parade ground for an hour waiting for our review.
Waiting is tough, especially when it comes to the big issues like waiting in an emergency room, waiting to hear the outcome of a job interview, or waiting for an answer to an urgent prayer.
God doesn't always answer our prayers when we think he should or in the way we desire, but he always answers. Our part is to trust him when the answer is delayed.
Have you been praying about an important issue and found God silent? How did you respond? Did you do like David, "I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry." (Psalm 40:1 NLT).