But your iniquities
have made a separation
between you and your GOD
Have you been waiting and waiting for an answer(s) from GOD? Are you asking the questions Job asked in the midst of his suffering (Job 6:11), “What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should endure? Do you feel like your prayers keep hitting a brick wall? And what is your frame of mind as you wait, are you waiting in despair, or are you waiting in expected hope?
What would cause someone to feel despair why waiting, versus someone who remains expectant in their hope? The one who waits in despair does not have a personal relationship with GOD. They may truly feel they know GOD because of their activities (Church attendance, BIBLE study, and Prayer), yet they do not trust GOD. The one who remains expectant in their hope, is the one whose life is completely dependent on CHRIST.
Please explain what causes the difference between the two?
The one who waits in despair usually has the following four characteristics. This person:
- Misunderstands GOD. They do not have a correct view of GOD (Job 42:7), they believe HE condones their sinful lifestyle (Psa 50:16-21), or they see HIM in a harsh light (Mat 25:18, Mat 25:24-30).
- Wrong Focus. They are focused on self, either concerned about basic needs (Luk 12:29-30), or satisfying pleasures (Jam 4:3).
- Doubts. They are fearful HE will answer, causing them to be double-minded, going back and forth between belief and unbelief (Jam 1:6-8), they are not sure GOD can answer their prayer (Mrk 9:22-23), they choose to trust in someone or something other than GOD (Psa 146:3, Isa 45:20).
- Unrepentant sin in their life (Jhn 9:31, Mic 3:4, Pro 1:28-30), is the reason their prayers feel like they are hitting a brick wall (immovable obstacle, hinderance to progression).
The one who remains expectant in their hope usually:
- Knows GOD. HE has given them a heart to know HIM (Jer 24:7), HE is their Shepherd (Gen 48:15, Psa 23:1, Jhn 10:14).
- Right Focus. They are focused on GOD alone (Psa 123:2, Psa 130:5-6, Mic 7:7), because they know HE is where their help comes from (Psa 121:1-2).
- No Wavering. They fully trust GOD (Rom 4:20, Psa 26:1, Heb 10:23), as they have experienced HIS faithfulness (1 Ths 5:24, 2 Tim 2:13).
- Confidence. They know HIM, they know HIS WORD, they know HIS Will, and they keep HIS WORD (1 Jhn 5:14-15, 1 Jhn 3:22), so they know their prayers will be answered, in HIS perfect timing (Mat 7:7-11).
Will GOD never hear the prayer of a sinner? Remember the “brick wall” is unrepentant sin (Isa 1:15-16), so our Beloved LORD GOD is waiting on you (2 Chr 7:14). If you acknowledge your sin (Psa 32:5), confess that sin (1 Jhn 1:9), seek reconciliation by seeking to be in HIS presence (Psa 105:4), ; or turning from your wicked ways, back to HIM (Eze 18:30-32); the “brick wall” will come down; and HE will hear and answer prayers that line up with HIS Will (1 Jhn 5:14), forgive your sins by taking your wrongdoings away (Psa 32:1-2), and bringing healing to your heart (Psa 41:4) and your life (Jer 33:6-8).