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How long, how long -- Woman will you weep -- How long, how long -- Rock yourself to sleep?"

The above is the chorus from "How Long," one of my favorite songs from the Eagles.

Have you ever said those words, "How long?" Think of that same question in these contexts: How long, Lord, until my prayer is answered? How long until life gets better? How long do You want me to do this without seeing results? How long do You want me to suffer? How long do I have to "just hang in there?" How long 'til my kids get along? How long until that special someone comes along?

Look at famous people in the Bible. When Joseph was sold into slavery and later spent years in prison, he must have asked, "How long, Lord?"

When Moses led the Israelites around in the wilderness, he surely thought, "How long, Lord?"

Simeon and Anna had been waiting for decades and probably asked, "How long until the Messiah comes?"

But each one of these trusted God.

I patiently waited, LORD, for you to hear my prayer. You listened and pulled me from a lonely pit full of mud and mire. You let me stand on a rock with my feet firm, and you gave me a new song, a song of praise to you. Many will see this, and they will honor and trust you, the LORD God. Psalm 40:1‐3

Examine your life to see what situation or area makes you impatient, frustrated or irritable. Then accept that God has a different timeline. The "timing glitch" you feel is there to protect you. God has a perfect plan for you because He loves you. We all just keep messing it up. Waiting on God's timing or impatiently imposing yours is your decision, so choose well. Our nature is to have our own agenda in place now. No waiting. We don't want others calling the shots. To avoid discomfort, we assume our plan is best. So we demand what we want when we want it. My kingdom come, my will be done. However, waiting and patience are powerful teachers of many truths. God knows the right timing


Editor's note: The Rev. Dr. Scott Stewart is the pastor of Pea Ridge United Methodist Church and Brightwater Methodist Church. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. He can be contacted at or 479-659-9519.

Religion on 02/06/2019

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