When God Waits To Answer

I was reading in Isaiah this morning and the following verse stood out to me. Spurgeon’s comments gave some excellent food for thought on this topic of waiting.

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“And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you…”

God often DELAYS IN ANSWERING PRAYER. We have several instances of this in sacred Scripture. Jacob did not get the blessing from the angel until near the dawn of day—he had to wrestle all night for it. The poor woman of Syrophenicia was answered not a word for a long while. Paul besought the Lord thrice that “the thorn in the flesh” might be taken from him, and he received no assurance that it should be taken away, but instead thereof a promise that God’s grace should be sufficient for him. If thou hast been knocking at the gate of mercy, and hast received no answer, shall I tell thee why the mighty Maker hath not opened the door and let thee in? Our Father has reasons peculiar to Himself for thus keeping us waiting. Sometimes it is to show His power and His sovereignty, that men may know that Jehovah has a right to give or to withhold. More frequently the delay is for our profit. Thou art perhaps kept waiting in order that thy desires may be more fervent. God knows that delay will quicken and increase desire, and that if He keeps thee waiting thou wilt see thy necessity more clearly, and wilt seek more earnestly; and that thou wilt prize the mercy all the more for its long tarrying. There may also be something wrong in thee which has need to be removed, before the joy of the Lord is given. Perhaps thy views of the Gospel plan are confused, or thou mayest be placing some little reliance on thyself, instead of trusting simply and entirely to the Lord Jesus. Or, God makes thee tarry awhile that He may the more fully display the riches of His grace to thee at last. Thy prayers are all filed in heaven, and if not immediately answered they are certainly not forgotten, but in a little while shall be fulfilled to thy delight and satisfaction. Let not despair make thee silent, but continue instant in earnest supplication.

(taken from Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening – 12/09/AM)

Jeremiah 33:3

Anybody remember these? Nowadays, they’re just a fun photo prop. 😊


Aren’t you thankful we don’t have to stand in line to talk to the Lord? Day or night, He’s waiting for us to call.

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” Jeremiah 33:3

My Heav’nly Father Watches Over Me

I woke up early this morning with this song running through my mind. What comforting words they are – no matter what circumstances surround us, our heavenly Father is watching over us. He knows. He cares. We can trust Him. I’m so very thankful!

I trust in God wherever I may be,
Upon the land, or on the rolling sea,
For come what may, from day to day,
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

I trust in God, I know He cares for me;
On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;
Though billows roll, He keeps my soul;
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

He makes the rose an object of His care,
He guides the eagle through the pathless air,
And surely He remembers me;
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

I trust in God, I know He cares for me;
On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;
Though billows roll, He keeps my soul;
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

I trust in God, for, in the lion’s den,
On battlefield, or in the prison pen,
Through praise or blame, through flood or flame,
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

I trust in God, I know He cares for me;
On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;
Though billows roll, He keeps my soul;
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

The valley may be dark, the shadows deep,
But, oh, the Shepherd guards His lonely sheep;
And through the gloom He’ll lead me home,
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

I trust in God, I know He cares for me;
On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;
Though billows roll, He keeps my soul;
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

(William C. Martin)

EAT MOR CHIKIN

Well now…THAT was fun – dressing like a cow, that is! 😉 We enjoyed taking part in our first ever “Cow Appreciation Day”!  (Ok, I will admit I was pretty glad…relieved…to see plenty of other “cows” there as well.)

Our lil buddy even got in on the fun!

He wasn’t too fond of the big ol cow.

But, the FREE chicken was a hit…

…and the ice cream, of course! 🙂

“For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.” Psalm 50:10

Happy Anniversary…

…to us!!

Thirty-six years of the faithfulness of God is a wonderful thing to celebrate, wouldn’t you agree? The Lord sure has been good to us and I thank Him for it!  Happy Anniversary, Honskins – I love you!

“…not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.” Joshua 23:14