It means that some things take time AND they don’t always happen the way we expect them to….so if we’re waiting on God for the answer we need to wait and expect to receive.
It seems to be a human trait to cry out to God for help and then tell Him how to do it even though our way isn’t working. Some miracles happen fast and we totally depend on God’s help for instant survival. For example, our brakes fail when we’re heading down a winding road and so we scream out to God and miracously the car comes to a safe stop. God heard us and helped us and there’s no explanation as to why the brakes suddenly worked or how the car didn’t just sail off the cliff or how it missed crashing into other cars. This is a miracle and we praise God for it.
But in other instances, we tend to get involved and tell God exactly how to do this thing we want, as if He needs our help……….the fact is, if we knew how to overcome the issue ourselves, it would alreadybe done.
Miracles do happen but often in God’s timing. When we’re crying out to God for financial help and it doesn’t seem to happen, maybe it’s because God has something in the works for us. Perhaps He’s lining up a new job or a promotion or a windfall of some kind, and because He’s working through other people to bring this to pass, it takes time.
Or perhaps He’s just waiting for you to realize that you are the source of your own sorrows. Maybe you spend too much drinking or smoking, or socializing on the weekends, or too much money going out to dinner all the time instead of eating in. Sometimes God needs to shake us to get us to stop and see that if we were better stewarts with our money, we would have a lot more. If He just drops the money on us when we ask for it, we would not change, and we’d continue wasting and living frivolously instead of being responsible and even sharing with those less fortunate.
God hears our prayers AND He answers them. He wants us to prosper but He doesn’t want wealth and riches of this world to be the reason we live or the only purpose for calling on Him. Wealth was never meant to be horded or wasted, and perhaps that’s what He’s trying to establish in many of us.
While we’re waiting on the miracle, we should delve into the Bible and see what God says about asking and receiving, and about His will for our lives, and when we do we’ll learn that God wants us to be healthy and prosperous. But it takes a right mind to know the difference between what we want and what is good for us. And it takes a submissive heart to obey and follow God’s will.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.” 3 John 1:2