Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
This week’s blog comes from our newest staff member, Cris Buck. We are excited to have him on the team and can’t wait for you to get to know him!
“The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah. Your prayers have been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will give birth to your son and you must name him John.” Luke 1:13 CEB
Zechariah was well past child bearing years; the Bible makes that clear. So the likelihood that he had prayed that prayer recently was probably slim. Zechariah had probably given up on that prayer, yet still faithfully served God in spite of the disappointment. Most likely he and his wife had concluded that the answer to the prayer was “No” because of the time that had elapsed and the natural circumstances which would prevent it from happening. But he, like us, must be careful to not interpret God’s “Not yet” as Him closing the doors on our desires. God has not forgotten what we once sought him passionately for; even if our passion has been quenched in the waiting room of our expectations. He is waiting for the time which will bring Him the most glory.
The Bible is full of circumstances of God waiting well past the time of natural limitations before he stepped in to bring answers and change. Believing that God isn’t limited by our limitations should change both the way we pray and the time frames we give ourselves to pray about a situation.
God is annoyingly unphased by our timetables and our weaknesses. This should give us hope as we press in toward the turnaround of our circumstances.
What have you given up praying about that God still may want to fulfill in your life? What have you believed to be a “no” that could just be a “not yet”? Don’t let your dreams die simply because it seems impossible. God has not forgotten you, or the prayers you once held dear. Pick up those prayers again and regain the faith and passion you once had to see them fulfilled. He hears you and He remembers your prayers.