Recently I’ve seen an unusually large number of people saying that God tends to speak at the last minute. And while I don’t think this is true, my actions betray my thoughts.
It could be in regards to our personal lives, relationships, major life decisions or whatever. We can’t figure out what to do and we don’t pull the trigger until the eleventh hour. Then we chalk it up to God being the one that waits until the last minute to provide direction.
Does God really enjoy waiting for the last minute to give direction?
My thought is that WE don’t really come to Him in earnest until the last minute. We send up these half-hearted prayers and wait for God to audibly reveal the answer in dramatic fashion. Or maybe He can write it in the sky. That would be clear enough, right?
We impute our procrastination on God. We think He’s just waiting it out and watching us squirm when in actuality He’s just waiting for us to come and spend time with Him.
Prayer ends up being a monologue and when we don’t hear His voice in immediate response we give up.
If we would take the time to get in His presence and just BE QUIET, I believe we would get direction much sooner. We wouldn’t have to wait until the last minute to get the answers we so desperately desire.
But sometimes listening is hard. It’s tough to be quiet when our mind is racing with all the possible outcomes. If you’re in your own head a lot like me, it feels like a miracle to let your mind sit still enough to listen.
And yet this is where we’ll hear from God. We won’t need to stress out in the last minute, straining to hear what He says. We won’t have to doubt ourselves in thinking, “Is this really what I’m supposed to do?”
When we come to God positioned to hear from Him, we’ll realize that He’s not waiting until the last minute to speak. He’s waiting for us to stop trying to figure everything out on our own and just come and sit quietly in His presence. Only until we stop trying to figure it out ourselves will we hear what He has to say.
God doesn’t procrastinate. He may not give the response you want when you want it, but He’s always on time.