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What do I do when God is late?

Mark 4:37-38

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

Have you ever felt like God was sleeping while you died? Or maybe that your answer came too late? When Jesus showed up at Lazarus’ house, Martha told Him reproachfully, “If you had been here earlier, our brother would not have died.” (John 11:21)

Your heart cries out, “Where were you when they took my house? When they ostracized me? When that injustice took place? When they repossessed my car?” Before you know it, you have a victim mindset. What do you do now to get out of that hole?

There are several things you must know. The first is that God is not like people, who fail to see and perceive what is going on with others. When He healed the woman who had been bowed over with infirmity for 18 years, He was the first person to really SEE her in all that time. The priest at the synagogue certainly didn’t, but Jesus saw her immediately and healed her there and then!

When people are facing a real problem, they don’t talk about it. If you are finding it easy to talk abut what you are going through, you are still only dealing with an affliction of some kind, but if there is something huge facing you, it silences you. That is why people in true pain are hard to see, but your value to God causes Him to see you right now. You need to know that.

Secondly, you cannot afford to develop a picture of God as being hard hearted. Remember that Jesus, too, was in the boat when it was filling up with water. He was also in danger; it wasn’t just about whether he cared about the disciples. Similarly, Jesus also loved Lazarus and wept at his passing, just as Mary and Martha did.

When the enemy hits you to try and take you out, God takes it personally. Everything that Satan does to you, He does to Jesus, and He will not stand by and watch you suffer and die without declaring, “I am the resurrection and the life!”

Lastly, there is a tremendously powerful conclusion that you must draw in those times, when it seems like blaming God is the most logical thing to do, and it is this: you must judge Him faithful.

How will you judge God today in the light of what you are going through? He cannot make that decision for you. Ultimately you decide whether your God is cold and hard hearted, or whether He is still on your case, working to bring you into a place of blessing in spite of everything. Judge Him faithful today!

Pray

Heavenly Father, you are the Lord who sees me. When no one else sees me, Lord, or understands what I am going through, you understand and you are never passive in the face of my enemies. You stand up for me!

Today I decide to judge you faithful in all your ways. I will never have a valid reason to complain to you, because you always surprise me with your goodness. My expectation is that your resurrection power is at work in my life today, and you are perfecting everything that concerns me, in Jesus’ name!

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