I Want an Answer Now

“Lord, I’m so upset right now. I thought you wanted us to retire, sell the house and move to Tennessee.”

I was sitting on my prayer chair talking to God. It was December 2014 and our Florida home had been on the market for two years. My husband and I had both retired and were ready to move to Tennessee where we had a small home on some land.

I ranted and raved at God. Oh, I don’t do well with uncertainty or waiting.

“Well, Lord, I’m just going to open my Bible and put my finger on a text and see what you have to say to me.” I’ve never done that before and I think it can be presumptuous, but I was feeling bratty and petulant. I was impatient and I wanted an answer NOW.

I was using the New Living Translation in which the Jewish months are translated into the English months. I opened the Bible and put my finger on Jeremiah 52:6. The words just above my fingertip were, “by July 18. . .” I was stunned. I didn’t even know there was such a date in scripture.

Immediately, I felt contrite. “Lord, I’m so sorry. I know you are in charge and everything is according to your timetable. I won’t hold you to that date, but this tells me that you have it covered and I need to trust you. You are trustworthy.”

In April 2015, we got an offer on the house. The closing was supposed to be the middle of June. One thing and another kept delaying the closing. Our money from the sale was deposited in our bank on July 17, 2014. “By July 18.” Amazing! God is faithful and true.

“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” Isaiah 65:24

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