”So you, by the help of your God, return; observe mercy and justice, and wait on your God continually.” ~Hosea 12:6
God will come through if we just lean on Him and have the faith and patience to wait it out. He's never surprised when we’re forced to wait, He wants us to learn patience in every delay and grow faith in every disappointment. We must understand that God cares more about developing a godly character in us than making sure our schedules run smoothly. We need to trust Him, and simply accept that He knows everything—He always knows what’s best for us.
Bottom line, we can’t do anything good without His help. This fallacy is the perpetual lie that Satan has been selling from the beginning—that we can do everything all on our own.
“I am the vine , you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.” ~John 15:5
I underlined the last sentence of that verse because it’s truly the crux of this whole issue. We must wait on God because withHimwe can do anything!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13
So then, why doesn’t God always answer my prayers? Why does it seem that sometimes I’m left hanging? Fact is, true believers always ask in accordance to God’s will, and His will is that we have absolute faith in Him and in His all seeing, all knowing wisdom. We must pray, in faith, believing that He heard us, and then trust in Him to do as He sees fit, even if that means doing nothing. Sometimes nothing is exactly what we need in order to teach us what He wants us to learn.
Even when we ask for something that might not necessarily be in His will, we can easily surrender to Him because we know His will is so much better than what we think we want. In other words, the only reason He won’t give us what we want is that He’s sending something better!
Sometimes He uses a situation to teach us an important lesson or help us grow. We need to grow our faith so that no matter what’s happening we can trust Him completely and know He is always thinking of our very best interest. We must trust Him even when He doesn’t give us the answer we are wanting. The lyrics to this song says it all…”Trust in you”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6
Sometimes our spiritual immaturity causes us to ask for what we believe is good and necessary, when in actuality it may very well be the thing that God knows will ultimately harm us. God will only give us what He knows will be beneficial, even if that makes us temporarily upset.
When it seems that God isn’t answering your requests, remember that He loves you and will only give you what He knows is best for you. Although it may take years to understand, in time you’ll realize God’s plan and say, “Oh God, you were right, thank you for giving me exactly what I needed.”
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. ~Matthew 7:7-8
Q: Are you willing to accept that God knows best?
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