I wonder how many of us are more like Veruca Salt than we care to admit.
Remember her . . . she’s the character in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory who sang…
I Want It Now
I want the world.Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
I want the whole world…
I want the works
I want the whole works
Presents and prizes and sweets and surprises
Of all shapes and sizes
Don’t care how
I want it now!
When facing a difficult situation or waiting for an unattained desire, it’s easy to say . . . “I don’t care how I want it now!”
But our Heavenly Father is more interested in our long-term/eternal well-being than He is in our immediate satisfaction. So . . . sometimes He chooses to allow us to wait.
In Psalm 44, the people were surrounded by their enemies and their defeat seemed imminent. But they didn’t give up. They turned to God and repeated all the things they knew about Him.
O God, we have heard it with our own ears—Psalm 44:1, 3
our ancestors have told us
of all You did in their day,
in days long ago:
They did not conquer the land with their swords;
it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory.
It was Your right hand and strong arm
and the blinding light from Your face that helped them,
for You loved them.
God is and always has been the One who gives victory and even when we’re faced with potential defeat we can trust Him to help us.
But then and now people wonder why He doesn’t act more quickly.
I’m guessing you’ve been there. Maybe you’re there right now.
Like Veruca . . . we all have a tendency to want what we want . . . NOW!
We don’t want to wait when we need healing or financial rescue. We don’t want to wait when we long for a child or a relationship to be restored. We don’t want to wait when we desire a spouse, a home, or a new job. And we definitely don’t want to wait when we need God to give us victory over life’s battles.
But sometimes He’s quiet and He has us wait. The writer of this Psalm even questioned whether or not God was sleeping…
Wake up, O Lord! Why do you sleep?Psalm 44:23–24
Get up! Do not reject us forever.
Why do you look the other way?
Why do you ignore our suffering and oppression?
Often God allows us to wait so we’ll pause and SEEK Him, remember what He’s done in the past, and recognize that He is trustworthy in the present and the future. He is faithful and loving and He will always do what is best for us eternally.
And when you and I wait, placing our complete trust in God’s love, we will be able to say with David…
We wait for the Lord;Psalmm 33:20–22
He is our help and shield.
For our hearts rejoice in Him
because we trust in His holy name.
May your faithful love rest on us, Lord,
for we put our hope in You.
A Prayer to Wait on God When You Want “It” Now
Father, You are so very good and gracious. You have watched over Your people since the beginning of time and You will continue to watch over them throughout eternity. You have always been and will always be faithful to keep Your promises.
You defeated the enemy of our souls through Your love and Jesus’ loving sacrifice. You watch over us and protect us throughout our lives. You promise that when we SEEK You with all our hearts we will find our heart’s desire.
You promise that when we truly KNOW and TRUST You the desire of our hearts will align with Your will. And that when we faithfully KNOCK on the door that leads to knowledge, patience, wisdom, love, and understanding, You will open the door to those blessings.
Please forgive my impatience. When life is hard, I want it fixed immediately. I want You to take away the pain, the stress, the anxiety, the grief. I want you to give me what I want now.
But You only want what is best for me. You care about my eternal best more than my temporary pleasure. So, I ask that You will help me and make Your will my greatest heart. Please help me trust You with every moment of life. Please help me SEEK You above every perishable thing I think I want right now. I give myself to You. Please guide me and use me for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
I think Psalms like this one are helpful because they address realities we all face at times.
Every one of us can relate to difficult seasons of waiting. We’ve all wanted something NOW.
While Paul was imprisoned in Rome, he wrote…
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6–7
God gives peace to those who know that they can trust the Lord even when He allows them to wait.
May God bless you and give you everything you need while you wait on Him.
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