You have prayed and prayed and prayed. You have done everything you know to do. You have fasted, you have opened up your heart to God for examination. You have begged God to remove anything in your life which is not pleasing to Him. You have asked God to increase your faith. You have enlisted the help of others to pray. You may have even gone from one meeting to another, in search of yet another powerful man or woman of prayer who can help you get through to God but to no avail.
In the stillness of the night, you cry out in anguish wondering what on earth you have done wrong, what you did to deserve this or both. Perhaps... perhaps God's promises are for everyone but you. You get discouraged and your heart is broken. You wonder, "What more can I do? How can I get God's attention? You said you would heal me, deliver me or whatever but God, I don't understand!" You are not the first person to say this and you will probably not be the last one.
Before you read any further, I want to say this:
Unless God has clearly given you an answer, don't stop praying!
Many times, for reasons we may not understand, God requires us to persevere with our prayers. We keep coming before Him over and over again and then suddenly the healing takes place, we get the job, the loved one is saved, the marriage is restored, the relationship is healed.
Other times... God's response is... "I want you to walk on this dark path, for awhile at least. Someday, I will take you off of it but for now, this is the road you must travel." That is usually something we do not want to hear.
This is where faith comes in. You see, while faith is a requirement for healing, it is also a requirement for following Jesus, even when the path travels through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. It is trusting God and reaching for His hand even when the darkness has closed in and you cannot see His face.
The chorus of an old song says:
I don't need to understand I just need to hold His hand I don't ever need to ask the reason, why For I know He'll make a way Through the night and through the day I don't need to understand I just need to hold His hand.
May we all hold His hand... through the night as well as through the day; learning to trust Him... no matter what!
[quote]This is where faith comes in. You see, while faith is a requirement for healing, it is also a requirement for following Jesus, even when the path travels through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. It is trusting God and reaching for His hand even when the darkness has closed in and you cannot see His face. [/quote]
and never, never, never, never, never give up!
Amen and amen, we just have to persevere on and on until the answer comes from the Lord. Whilst we may not fully understand all about our lives and what may happened to us, we know that God will step in at the right time to tell us and to encourage us along the way.
We may even not know the truth at the end of our lives, but we know that God is there to guide us to the end.Hallejuah!
Thanks for sharing, Sister K.
From Hwa Silverpen
[quote]Many times, for reasons we may not understand, God requires us to persevere with our prayers.[/quote]
For so many though, this is the very thing that destroys their faith - what they might have left of it.
Sister K, thank you for encouraging us to persevere!
In hindsight, we see why the answer did not come at that time. Years later we appreciate God's wisdom! Yes, we must continue to trust God's character, He does love us. We must enter into that place of 'rest' regarding the matter we want, in our own wisdom, resolved right now!
Blessings to you
oh k. how this blog has touched every ounce of my being.. How often a night has ended in tears and me still not understanding why some things happen. i will leave it at that.
thanks for this blog.
I know stuff just does not make sense to you at the moment, Shani. To tell you the truth, it makes no sense to me either. However, God never asks us to understand. Instead, He asks us to trust Him. From the depths of his despair Job cried out [quote]Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him... (Job 13:15a) [/quote] This must also become the cry of our heart...no matter what!