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When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart. He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.

1 Samuel 28:5 - 6

No one likes to wait, whether it’s in a long line at the grocery store or in traffic. Waiting is tough, but it is especially difficult when it comes to the big issues:

• Waiting for a wayward child to come back.
• Waiting for the results of a medical test.
• Waiting for the outcome of a job interview.
• Waiting to see the results of a company merger.

Often we ask God for patience while we’re waiting for an answer to prayer, and then get impatient when the answer doesn’t come. Consider Saul’s response to waiting. This passage explains that he was waiting for an answer from God. But when he didn’t get one, he took matters into his own hands and went to a medium for advice.

God doesn’t always answer when we think he should or how we think he should, but he always answers prayer. Our part is to trust him when the answers aren’t on our timetable. He doesn’t want us to try to address the issue ourselves; he wants us to wait patiently for him.

Have you been praying about something and found God silent? What has your response been? David exclaimed: “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand” (Psalm 40:1 - 2).

Wait for God today. He’s going to answer. He promised, and he always keeps his promises.

God, help me to wait on you for …
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