“How much longer?” I whispered. Some questions can't hide forever. “How long, God?” I asked again. In my weakness, I half-expected an audible reply. Instead, I sat in the silence, looking up and out into the vast expanse of blue sky.
There's heartache in waiting.
When months of praying turn into years, raw questions surface. They can only stay buried for so long. We may attempt to cover them with polished prayers, but none go unseen by our Maker. God knows us. Our unkempt questions do not quake him.
In my journey of waiting, the persistent widow became my role model. I kept asking. For months, pertinent verses became personal prayers. Then, years went by, and my coveted request became increasingly elusive.
Until finally, evidence of my diminished hope took the form of a three-word question: How long, God?
And for a moment, there was silence.
Until the very next moment, when I looked up into the sky, and a familiar passage came to mind:
“'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'”
God was not silent in my weary state of questioning. Thankfully, a reminder of his truth fueled my hope to keep asking and waiting.
The Israelites' Long Wait
Of all the stories in the Bible, the wait for the Messiah was by far the longest. Through multiple generations, the Israelites waited. They endured a four-hundred-year period of silence, until finally, the Messiah came.
God's redemptive story continued to unfold through the recordings of Matthew. It began with the genealogy of Jesus. Remarkably, before there was any recording of Jesus' life, the list of names served as a reminder of God's faithfulness, omnipotence, and unfathomable ways.
Three Profound Truths from Jesus' Genealogy
For those of you who are enduring seasons of waiting, may these three profound truths fuel your hope as you continue to wait.
God is faithful, so cling to his promises
Abraham was the first person listed in the genealogy. In Genesis 22:18, God promised Abraham that all nations on earth would be blessed by his offspring. God kept his promise.
God is omnipotent, so trust his timing.
God is powerfully in control of all aspects of time. A quick glance at Jesus’ genealogy reveals God’s timing is unfathomably and powerfully perfect. Generation after generation, God’s redemptive plan stood firm.
God's ways are unfathomably good, so trust his plans.
Righteous and unrighteous people comprised the lineage of Jesus. We can’t fathom how God’s plans could unfold in such a way, but they did. His plans are unfathomably good.
Throughout my journey of waiting, I continue to cycle through periods of despair, but each time, it's the reminder of God's truth that renews my hope.
For those of you who are enduring long seasons of waiting, remember these truths: God is faithful, omnipotent, and unfathomably good. Rest assured in his promises, timing, and plans.