There is a Purpose in the Wait

By: Dana Parrish

Posted: July 24, 2015

Category: Daily Devotional

This is the account of the family of Isaac, the son of Abraham. When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-aram and the sister of Laban the Aramean. Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The Lord answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins. Genesis 25:19-21

I imagine that because Isaac knew Rebekah was barren that they had been trying to have a baby for a long time. Then God finally answered their prayers for a baby. So often we pray for things and God makes us wait until His timing is right. We wonder when or even if he will answer our prayers. We have to remind ourselves that there is a purpose in the wait. I have found that to be true so many times in my life. God doesn’t always answer yes or no. Sometimes he simply says not now. In the moments of “not now” we must continue to pray and read scripture. This allows our trust to be placed fully in God and forces us to continue to pray and read scripture as we seek God’s will for our lives.


Gracious God, help us to continually seek Your will even when You tell us “no” or “not now” to a prayer that is near and dear to our hearts. Help us to remember that Your ways are higher than our ways and that there is always a purpose in the wait. In Jesus Name, Amen.