Why Is God So Slow?

This morning, our guest speaker at church asked the question, “Why is God so slow?” It grabbed my attention, and I began to ponder this on a few different levels. I am glad God is slow.

First, I am glad God is slow in answering my prayers. God has frequently delayed answering my prayers (seemingly), but I learned that God’s delay is not God’s denial. God knows what is best, and He answers differently so that He changes me rather than my situation with the quick fix I asked for.

Second, I am glad God is slow to anger. Think about that for a minute! God does not react quickly in giving us the wrath we deserve. He is gracious and merciful. When you look at the history of Israel, you will see how He gave them multiple chances to get right with Him. He did not say, “Strike one, you’re out!”

Third, I am glad God is slow in giving hardheaded, hard hearted people a chance to be saved. Second Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” I know many who fought the call to salvation but eventually quit running from God (like we can do that anyway).

We are people who hate waiting. We want God to do what we want, when we want, and how we want. When you step back and really think about it, you and I should be glad God is slow. He knows what is best.

11 thoughts on “Why Is God So Slow?

  1. This is so timely! “God’s delay is not a denial” is something I am having to learn myself, and though I wish for answers now, I am ultimately glad the Lord works on His timing and not mine, for His plans are better than mine. Sometimes, this isn’t an easy pill to swallow, but it is a lesson that reaps reward in the end! God bless you! 🙂

    1. God has reminded me of this over and over. It is especially important to prevent ourselves from rushing His timing when it comes to marriage. I did that when I was going into my first marriage, and I do my best to advise people to seek God rather than give into the pressure of getting married like everyone else is doing. It is easier said than done.

      1. I agree with you! Though marriage is beautiful and a blessing, it shouldn’t be rushed, for true love takes time, and a God-written love story isn’t written overnight. In the end, the waiting will be worth it when God’s plan has come to pass, and when His plans do occur, they will be filled with His grace and mercy, which is worth every ounce of the single season.

  2. Our church just hosted Dr. Mark Virkler’s seminar You Can Hear God’s Voice/Four Keys to Hearing God’s Voice.He talked about waiting for healing. God told him to say: I’m healed and the symptoms are disappearing. It is finished, now walk it out. We know 1,000 days in heaven is as one day on earth and there’s no time in eternity like there is here on earth. I’m so glad Father God does things in His perfect timing!

  3. Much truth and wisdom here, Matthew.
    I believe, however, that it is not that God I so slow, but, rather, we are too fast. He is always Johnny on the spot as befits what He deems is best for us at that time. But we are like the person on the highway who is in so great a hurry to get somewhere that he keeps on missing the exit that he seeks. So it takes him so much longer to get to his destination because he must keep retracing his path to return to the right exit.
    God is not slow. We are impatient.
    -Alan

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