“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
You have cried out to God for deliverance and Mercy, and pleaded with him over and over it seems about the same problem.
Yet…Nothing. There is nothing but silence from our creator. Then you question him, his motives for your life and why you were even born.
You feel nothing but desperation. Hopeless.
Hope is supposed to anchor the soul, yet hope deferred just weighs the soul down in a black pit from which there is no return. Or it seems that way for this moment.
Dear Friend let me tell you, if you took honest inventory the last few years of your life, could you say you had answered prayers? I bet you could. Image courtesy of Naypong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
What about the unanswered ones? I bet there are many. God keeps tabs on them too. He keeps tabs on every single thing we go through, and then he uses those things to make us stronger.
We cry out to God in our desperate needs and hopeless situations, when God sees everything we are going to be put through from others. He knows that person or people are scheming, intending you harm.
He also sees that what you are being put through will have an ultimate purpose. He takes every single hardship thrust on us painfully, and weaves blessings in disguise. He knows we live in a fallen world where life is hard at times, and he sees every hardship coming our way.
He also prepares to turn hardships into lessons, strength, honor and glory.
We serve an awesome God that loves us so much, when he sees hard times coming our way he immediately works on a master plan to teach and mold us for a greater purpose.
So you may be suffering now, I am too. Everyone does. This is life, and life is fraught with unending persecutions, uncertainties and catastrophic pain. There is nothing too hard for God to save, nothing too drastic for him to stop the pain. Image courtesy of tuelekza at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
You may have unanswered prayers now, but never think God doesn’t hear your pleas for help and provision. He hears everything, and he is right now working on a master plan for your life, even when you think he is silent.
At work, we are required to take scheduled testing to improve our skills and train for any next level opportunities in the job, as well as learn about the ever changing regulated environment.
I kept adding learning activities to my training that I just knew I would pass!
But I failed them, over and over.
So I put them on the back burner. I got a job promotion. Then another. And with each promotion I learned the ropes and were given opportunities to keep honing my skills in my environment. Image courtesy of nenetus at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Several months later, I went back to my training modules. The material was familiar to me then. I understood exactly what the module was asking of me.
I failed the first time because I wasn’t ready to take those tests in the first place. This time, I had been trained and experienced what those tests were grading me on. I knew what I was doing.
In life, we think we are ready to do things and we fail over and over and wonder why God isn’t listening or answering our prayers. It’s not that he doesn’t listen, it’s just he is the teacher grading us and knows when we are ready to take those tests.
He also knows the training and time we need to complete it the right way. Image courtesy of anankkml at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
You can spend your whole life in futile effort fighting to pass one thing or another in life, but if you are not ready you will fail every time. God knows we need preparation, time and training.