"The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord." - Lamentations 3:25-26
Job had to wait for God to heal and deliver him. Abraham waited 25 years for God to fulfill his promise of a son. Joseph waited through 13 years of trials. Moses waited 40 years in the wilderness. David waited 15 years to become king.
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." - 2 Peter 3:9
If the Lord has promised something He will always be faithful to fulfill it. We just have to be faithful in waiting and content in knowing everything comes in Gods perfect timing.
"He said to them, "It is not for you to know the times or dates the father has set by his own authority." - Acts 1:7
When we have things we are seeking the Lord for and feel we aren't getting an answer, I think sometimes we forget that our answer may just be wait. It’s simple but oh so very difficult to understand sometimes. It's like when my kids ask for ice cream at 8am. Obviously to us that is just not reasonable for them to have at that time, but they don't understand that. So there will be a tantrum or two and some questions as to why. Well sometimes our Father gives us the same answer, but we, like children do not understand. That is unacceptable for us. Especially in today's age. We don't have to wait for anything. Fast food, next day shipping, online movie orders. Waiting has become foreign to us. But we need to learn contentment and find comfort and peace in knowing God is ALWAYS in control. Whether it is a good season or a tough one.
For me, I have some things I have been waiting years for like healing on my back, and to go on a missions trip. I also have some things that I have waited a short time for, like getting my son back in school. Through the time I wait, I have found that my hard days come when I'm not being diligent in seeking the Lord. I have to continue to be reading and praying. He wants us to be reaching to Him for the strength to deal with the stress and pains we have. My days are really long and tough when I am doing it by my own will and strength and not being content and faithful. And so, I will just keep waiting, contently, with my faith in knowing He will redeem me from it in His own time.
"Now Godliness with contentment is great gain." - 1 Timothy 6:6