Growth Spurt

Throughout all stages of childhood, there are signs of growth. With the teenage years, there comes the horrible pains of growing, the mood swings, and much more. For my son, I have watched him experience a lot of leg aching and pains right before another growth spurt. He would complain about his legs aching and feeling cold inside. The next thing I know, he would shoot up in height and I was having to go buy him new jeans once again.

For my son, growth spurts require bigger shoes and a lot more food. I want to take a moment to look at this spiritually. You may be going through some struggles and pains, but hold on to God because you are about to hit a growth spurt. When you get that growth spurt, you are going to need more food, bigger shoes, and take on more responsibility.

God equips us as we grow. He will not lead you where you cannot stand. He will not guide you where you cannot conquer. God has already prepared the next level for you. He has already picked out your shoe size and your responsibility. Instead of carrying your own burdens, God is growing you up to start carrying the burdens of others. When you feel the pains of growing, be encouraged, you are about ready to hit a growth spurt!

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Can We Ask God to Hurry?

Make Haste O God…

There are seven scriptures in the Psalms where David prays for God to make haste in helping him. If we ask with the right attitude, not primarily asking because of impatience, but out of concern and desperation. It wouldn’t hurt to ask. James 4:3 says you have not because you ask not. Maybe the Psalmist David was pleading for God to act fast on helping him. This is specifically what he was praying for, for God’s help to come fast. He was not asking for his promotion to happen tomorrow, he was not asking for things, but he was asking for help. What was he asking help for? Help from God concerning his enemies.

Ps 22:19…haste thee to help me, Ps. 38:22 Make haste to help me, Ps. 40:13 …make haste to help me, Ps 70:1 Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord, Ps 70:5 …make hastes unto me…make no tarrying, Ps 71:12 …make haste for my help, Ps. 141:1 …make haste unto me

Haste in these scriptures comes from the Hebrew word chuwsh which means to act quickly. In another place we see David state:

Ps 40:17 But I am poor and needy: yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God. 

Ps. 70:5 But I am poor and needy: make hast unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying.

These two scriptures state, “make no tarrying,” meaning do not hesitate, delay, tarry, defer, procrastinate, or hinder. We do not suggest that God procrastinates, but we can pray for Him to not delay. James 4:2 states, “yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”

What if God’s whole purpose for lengthy trials is get us moving in the right direction faster? He wants us to mobilize and get into our positions. Are we waiting because we have to, because ultimately there’s nothing else we can do, or are we actively waiting on God?

There is a difference between passively waiting and actively waiting. When we are passively waiting, we are not looking with hope and expectation; but through active waiting we expect it at any moment for God to bring this to pass.

Passive Waiting

Look back at one of these Psalms 71:12-14:

12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help. 13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt. 14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.

When we are passively waiting, we are not hoping it is going to happen, or looking anxiously for it to happen. We are not focusing on the journey, but only the destination. If a mother gave birth when she wanted the baby to born rather than going by the birth date, she would soon see that the baby was not ready to be brought into the world.Sometimes we can become so impatient with a process that we can stop the full growth of it, the full strength of it. However, when it comes to needing God’s help and fast, God wants us to call on Him and actively wait upon Him to come to our aid.

Active waiting

We can become excited, expectantly waiting. When a woman is pregnant, she goes through cycles of anticipation.There is a cycle of sheer joy and excitement and then there is a frustration where she just wants to give birth because of all the negative side effects of pregnancy. The journey of pregnancy is much better when you can just enjoy the journey. Enjoying the milestones, from the first kick, the first ultrasound, and buying the baby’s things for the nursery. All of these are precious moments of an enjoyable journey. Process reuires patience.

Final Thoughts

When we go through a lengthy trial and we need God’s help, we can and should ask Him to “make haste” or put a rush on the help. It would not hurt to ask. We want God’s will to be done in our lives, and so we always pray with that in mind, but sometimes we need God to rush to our aid.

Desperate prayers call for urgent response. When we come to the place of desperation, we begin to cry out as David did in these prayers. Are you truly giving it all you’ve got in prayer? Are you giving up food, sleep, and leisure time just to seek God for who He is? Try this. We can pray for God speedily come to our rescue, but let us also show God how we long for His presence. Let us push aside food and leisure to spend more time seeking the face of God.

Ask and ye shal receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. When you do not get the answer you are asking, seeking, or knocking for; keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking. Do not give up. Keep on keeping on. Whether God can put a rush order on our answer or not, He can rush to our aid and hasten help in our time of need.