“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3 (NLT)
Things aren’t always as they appear.
It was 6:22 AM when I wandered into my office to start my morning routine. Three months ago, when the clock read 6:22 AM, my kitchen was bathed in sunlight. Not today. Instead the other great light God created was shining through my office window. It was strange to awaken to a new day and see the moon shining instead of the sun.
The number of daylight hours are decreasing as we move toward winter, but it would be inaccurate to say the sun is not shining as much as it did three months ago. We understand the solar system, so we know that when the northern hemisphere of the world is darker and colder, the southern hemisphere is lighter and warmer, and vice versa. We understand that fall is just a season. Fall will give way to winter, winter will yield to spring, spring will lead to summer, and summer will eventually bring us to a new version where we are today. We live in expectation of the seasons changing all year long
“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”Psalm 5:3
We should live with that same level of expectation of God. Scripture is clear that God is working all things together for His purposes, even when we don’t see the whole picture. But it’s hard to believe that when prayers seem to go unanswered.
My prayer journal has a lot of repetitive requests in it. Some days I wonder if my expectation in Him is misplaced. But praise be to God that He reminds me in his Word that my expectation is not in vain.
- “Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 (CEB)
- “My plans aren’t your plans, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8 (CEB)
- “God has made everything fitting in its time, but has also placed eternity in their hearts, without enabling them to discover what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (CEB)
Go ahead. Pray. Then wait expectantly. Claim the promise that God will open the door to that for which you pray and in accordance with His purpose. Understand that God will answer your prayers in His time and in His way. And believe that whenever He answers prayer, He is always on time and never late.
It was 7:46 AM when the sun started shining on the foliage now displaying hues of rust, gold, and red – just as I expected. But more importantly — just as promised, just as God ordained, and just in His perfect timing.