Of recent, it’s been like everything I’ve been seeing and hearing (messages, IG posts, books, testimonies etc) have been hinged on faith.
With that being said, it’s been laid heavily on my heart to dive into the subject of faith, more precisely, believing God for something and it seems to be delayed.
It’s pretty normal for us as humans to request for things and expect them ASAP.
If I’m asking for my monthly allowance, I want it ASAP. If I’m ordering food at a restaurant, I want it brought to my table ASAP. If I’m waiting on a line, I want to be attended to ASAP.
You see, it’s pretty normal.
But what happens when what we want doesn’t get delivered as soon as we want it?
I’ve seen people scream at tellers over the counter when they’re not attended to, and this is but a fraction of what people can do when they’re not given what they want.
Everyone at some point has asked God for something. Sometimes we get it even before we’re done asking, sometimes it comes in a couple of days, and sometimes, it doesn’t come at all.
So, what do we do when our requests to God seem delayed?
- What did you ask for?
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us”
1 John 5:14 KJV
We must be certain that whatever we ask falls within the will of God for us, believing that his plan is legitimately the best.
God may have plans for you to become the president of the world bank. It is only logical that if you keep asking for a wheelbarrow so that you can be a kole kole (waste disposer) for the rest of your life, you’ll definitely not get a positive answer to that prayer.
This kind of relates to the third point, but I choose to see it in a different way.
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines trust as – “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something”.
Have an honest conversation with yourself. Do you really trust God?
Will you still praise him even when it seems like what you see in the physical is contrary to what you desire?
Will you totally rely on his character, ability, strength and truth when everything around you screams the opposite?
My dear, we need to trust that God will always come through for us. We know that he wants only what is best for us, so there should be a level of relief we feel when we hand things over to him because we know that he’s got this!
Trust and obey.
- Feed on God’s promises.
“so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.”
Isaiah 55:11 HCSB
God has promised that the desires of the righteous (you and I), will not be cut short. It is a word which has gone forth out of his mouth, so we can rest easy in Isaiah 55:11 😌😌
They’re so many other verses in the Bible that tell of God promising to keep his word. Seek them out and use them as constant reminders.
You can use them as phone wallpapers, write them on sticky notes and put where you can constantly see them and devise so many other creative ways to remind yourself.
One very important thing I have learnt recently is that we as believers need to build up our faith.
Joys Oyedepo gave an example in her book ‘Growing In Faith: Skyping With God On A Daily Basis’, of a one-year old child who spoke her first word ‘daada’. In that moment, at that stage of her life, her father would be thrilled that he was her first word. But fast forward to 23 years after, her parents would be in a terrible panic if she still only spoke the word ‘daada’.
The same goes with our faith as Christians. We ought to strive to grow. When we move further in our level of faith, it becomes so much easier for us to wait on God and trust him without doubt.
There is always a higher level of faith that the one you’re in now. Work hard to build yourself up.