In the right time
Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:1-5
From the text, the Psalmist expressed the tendency for believers to get impatient for God to act on their request. This could take place especially when followers of God feel that they are being slighted over while the wicked people prospered and rewarded. It is tempting to be jealous over the success of others when you think that your faithful service in the Lord is not being rewarded. The Psalmist urged God’s followers to not become overly worried when wickedness seemed to be ignored for those that practice such will be “like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither.” Instead, God’s command is to continue to focus on Him and trust Him. Take delight in the Lord and commit your ways to Him. During moments when we have to wait on God, we have to be patient. To wait in the Lord is not being passive. We are active because we are continuing in our present situation seeking always that His will prevails and that His Spirit will lead us. When faith is focused on God and not the things of this world, the more we grow in our delight in Him and His word. All the more we get engaged in prayer and we are committing ourselves to do what pleases Him. We know that once we receive His answer, it will be for His glory for our desires become in tune with His plan for our lives. Then we desire more to be obedient to Him. And just like what He promised, “And he will give you your heart’s desires.” Once you demonstrate an attitude of trust in Him, you will be rewarded. God will provide you the power to live your life obedient to Him. With His power working within you, godly living becomes evident. During times of trials and you are tempted to give up, His desire for you is to not let the experience overcome you. Instead, He wants you to call on Him through prayer so you can regain the strength to wait for His answer. Do not be impatient and try to operate your life relying on your own strength. Such action will just lead to more frustrations, pain and trouble. Do not push ahead of Him and miss out on the victory He wants you to enjoy if you learn how to wait. Trust God’s timing and when He lets you wait, remember it is for your good and His glory (Romans 8:28). Trust the all-knowing and loving God for when He answers our prayers they will always be just in time.
Noel De Guzman