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Date: 07.12.17
Are You Waiting on God to Fulfill a Desire?

Have you been holding on to the hope of something for so long that you sometimes wish your dream would die so you could be relieved of longing? If you’re like me, you’ve wrestled with a desire or two for years and there are times your heart has sometimes felt worn out from waiting.

Which brings me to some questions. . .

Does God intentionally take His children past the point of hoping for what they want most? Does He stand by and watch the hearts of those He loves melt in tears while their greatest desires die? Does He bring them to desperate prayer and longing?

When I look at Scripture, I have to answer yes. Yes, sometimes He does. Sometimes God brings us to the end of ourselves, just like He did Joseph, Hannah, Abraham, Moses, and the Israelites.

But why would God, who is all powerful and loving, not allow us to realize our desires–or make us wait so long for them to come to pass? I’m sure there are numerous reasons but one I find encouraging is that this is how God produces greater faith in us, thereby granting us greater peace and joy. When we become aware of our inability to grant our own desires through our best efforts, wisdom, or intellect, we are forced to lean on Him rather than depend on self-sufficiency.

When God backs us into the corner of unfulfilled desires, it’s His chance to show there is no way except through Him. Then when He delivers the answer, He is glorified to the full. No flesh can boast in His presence. Our desperation is the stage God sets to perform His miracles so that He is lifted up.

If you have been waiting for God to answer a prayer or fulfill a desire, faithfully submit yourself to Him while you wait. And, be honest. Cry out like the Psalmists. Tell Him your fears, frustration, and heartbreak (I Peter 5:7). Let Him bear your burdens (Matthew 11:28). Then, choose to continue to believe He has your best interest in mind while you wait for an answer. And when the answer comes submit to His Lordship.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. ~Proverbs 13:12 (NKJV)

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16 thoughts on “Are You Waiting on God to Fulfill a Desire?

  1. Yes, I have been waiting for years. Almost to the point that I just want to give up and be angry at him .
    But, then, the holy spirit speaks to me and tells me to wait some more and trust.
    I have nothing to do but that.
    Appreciated reading this today. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Leslie.

      I totally empathize with your sentiments. I can be tempting to give into anger and reject the only One who can really comfort us. Keep looking up. He will sustain and guide you.

      Many blessings,

      Shana

  2. Going through this right now . Sometimes wishing the promisevwould have never been said or told . It’s like we are at a stand still but we are drowning in trouble . Problems are all around and it seems to be no help in sight . As we wait I am worn out of hoping that now it’s time . Only to be envious of everyone else and I am left feeling like a step child that can only get crumbs .

  3. I believe! I have faith! But honestly, I feel so incredibly alone. It is overwhelming. But ….. I press on …. in Christ!

    1. Hi, Danica.

      I am so sorry that you are feeling lonely. I get it! When I lived in Colorado, I felt very alone at times so I felt overwhelmed and then I isolated which didn’t help. Sometimes it takes a conscious effort to get out and do stuff. I know it’s not easy and don’t want to put a band aid on loneliness but it can really hurt, but are you getting together with friends? That can help. Even just a once-a-week coffee buddy helps me. It may not take away the lonely all together but it can ease it some.

      Many blessings! Keep trusting. Saying a prayer for you right now.
      Shana

  4. What if you are wrestling with the desire and feel like you can spend money, direct time to make it happen but you are not sure if it is something God desires for you to do? I ask b/c I always wrestle with whether desires are our desire to do good works to justify ourselves or God’s working through us for His purposes.

  5. Needed this today. My entire family seems to have Hopes, Fears, Desires and Yes, Unanswered Prayer.
    We All are in Need of Encouragement through others and Yes, God’s Word.

  6. These are good thoughts. One of my desires is to learn how to design transistor circuitry, and make that circuit do something very special. I know, what has this got to do with Godly desires? I was once asked by a doctor “you know electronics, isn’t there a way to help people lower their heart rate and calm them down?” I have been hoping the day would come when I could do just that. I guess it’s time I start talking to God about that. I just thought if it wasn’t a spiritual thing, why bother God about it. I think I have been wrong about that, do you think?

    1. Indeed, God cares about all the details of our lives. And, if God created all things, and the whole world belongs to Him and He loves people and He wants relationship with us, isn’t everything a “spiritual” issue? God led people in the Old Testament and the New to do all kinds of things, not just those things that we would typically define as spiritual, right? The Lord may be putting something on your heart to help others.

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  • Yes, I have been waiting for years. Almost to the point that I just want to give up and be angry at him .
    But, then, the holy spirit speaks to me and tells me to wait some more and trust.
    I have nothing to do but that.
    Appreciated reading this today. Thank you!

    • Hi, Leslie.

      I totally empathize with your sentiments. I can be tempting to give into anger and reject the only One who can really comfort us. Keep looking up. He will sustain and guide you.

      Many blessings,

      Shana

  • Going through this right now . Sometimes wishing the promisevwould have never been said or told . It’s like we are at a stand still but we are drowning in trouble . Problems are all around and it seems to be no help in sight . As we wait I am worn out of hoping that now it’s time . Only to be envious of everyone else and I am left feeling like a step child that can only get crumbs .

  • I believe! I have faith! But honestly, I feel so incredibly alone. It is overwhelming. But ….. I press on …. in Christ!

    • Hi, Danica.

      I am so sorry that you are feeling lonely. I get it! When I lived in Colorado, I felt very alone at times so I felt overwhelmed and then I isolated which didn’t help. Sometimes it takes a conscious effort to get out and do stuff. I know it’s not easy and don’t want to put a band aid on loneliness but it can really hurt, but are you getting together with friends? That can help. Even just a once-a-week coffee buddy helps me. It may not take away the lonely all together but it can ease it some.

      Many blessings! Keep trusting. Saying a prayer for you right now.
      Shana

  • What if you are wrestling with the desire and feel like you can spend money, direct time to make it happen but you are not sure if it is something God desires for you to do? I ask b/c I always wrestle with whether desires are our desire to do good works to justify ourselves or God’s working through us for His purposes.

  • Needed this today. My entire family seems to have Hopes, Fears, Desires and Yes, Unanswered Prayer.
    We All are in Need of Encouragement through others and Yes, God’s Word.

  • These are good thoughts. One of my desires is to learn how to design transistor circuitry, and make that circuit do something very special. I know, what has this got to do with Godly desires? I was once asked by a doctor “you know electronics, isn’t there a way to help people lower their heart rate and calm them down?” I have been hoping the day would come when I could do just that. I guess it’s time I start talking to God about that. I just thought if it wasn’t a spiritual thing, why bother God about it. I think I have been wrong about that, do you think?

    • Indeed, God cares about all the details of our lives. And, if God created all things, and the whole world belongs to Him and He loves people and He wants relationship with us, isn’t everything a “spiritual” issue? God led people in the Old Testament and the New to do all kinds of things, not just those things that we would typically define as spiritual, right? The Lord may be putting something on your heart to help others.

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