Now faith is confidence in what we hope for
– Heb. 11:1
Make the pain go away, Lord! Now. Now. NOW! I like things to happen right away. When our hearts are wounded, we want to click a simple prayer button and make everything whole and well. When questions are many and answers are few we want vision for a mile but often get just enough sight for the next step. When our over spending choices slash us like falling prices, we try to throw a little sanitizing scripture on the gash of our debt and get out of it in the microwave minute of extended credit.
But life doesn’t work that way. Quick faith fixes are not a biblical guarantee. Healing often takes time... and sometimes it doesn’t look like we want it to look. The way we think it should look. God does sometimes rescue and bring us healing immediately, but He’s not obligated to.
Are there really life-impacting lessons to be learned in this lingering? What if God wants to use the strains, stains and disappointments we face to refine us – restore us – strengthen us – and to draw us to His side in the desperation? What if God’s plan is to teach us to know Him in new ways as we struggle to hear, to hope, and to heal? What if instant healing or quick answers would rob me of greater depth?
I’m all for the waiting. Because I really do want to be a person of depth. Don’t you? Isn’t that what faith is all about? If we always get what we hope for right away and can always see clearly, then how will our faith grow?
In the waiting of each trial, you and I will grow in faith as we lean in closely to listen to the whispers of the One who is compassionate, faithful, and trustworthy.