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God Is Patient

Sometimes you may feel as if your prayers are not answered. Rest-assured God is working mightily on your behalf.

By Norman Vincent Peale


Human beings can be very impatient. (You may have noticed this!) We want things right away. We believe our time is our own, and, when we have to wait we become frustrated. God, however, is patient. He knows all about our lives and what we need. The Bible assures us: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16).

God’s timetable is different from ours. Often we pray for solutions, for strength, for calm, for change —only to find our troubles persisting past what we thought was our breaking point. The temptation is great to conclude that God has forgotten me. Not true! God loves you and wants what is best for you. “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).

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Rest assured that God is working mightily on your behalf. However, He is working toward the right solution, not necessarily the solution you want right now. This can be difficult to accept. But whenever you’re feeling discouraged, remind yourself of God’s great truth: Hard experiences will pass away. Not on our timetable. On God’s timetable—the best timetable.