Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; him who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Have you ever prayed for something? Something that wasn’t a little thing that you temporarily wanted but something you longed for and prayed over and over for. Like someone’s healing, or for a situation to improve, or for the fight against a temptation would get easier? I know I have. One example was when we were moving last year we didn’t know if we could get the house we really wanted. So from the time we looked at it until the day we got it I prayed. Like, super hard. Maybe a little selfishly at times, but I did pray because it was something I really wanted, that my family really wanted and I knew that God had the power to either say yes or no. Towards the end of that period of time, when I wasn’t sure what the answer would be doubts started creeping in, like would God really step in and help this family in Texas get the house that they wanted when we weren’t really making an effort to get other people in the world things they needed and had the resources to do so at the expense of our own wants? Yes that is what was going through my head. I have a tendency not to doubt God’s goodness but to doubt that He would freely give such goodness to someone who doesn’t deserve it. The point is this: sometimes we pray for these things that we desire so much, and after a while of waiting we start to doubt that they are ever going to come. That healing, or comfort, or courage, or material things, or whatever it is we are praying for is ever going to be granted to us. Like maybe we believe we aren’t good enough. Maybe we believe God is holding back so we can learn to trust Him more, or maybe we believe God doesn’t give us things on this earth but instead gives us whatever we need internally to deal with the situation. That’s how I’ve been thinking lately, that no, God isn’t supposed to fix what is going on, He’s just going to give you what you need to get through it. But now I don’t think that’s right. God is over everything. King of the Universe means exactly that. He is over everything! From which way the wind blows, how many leaves fall off of a tree and when all the way to what happens in your life. He is over someone you loves health, he is above the financial things you worry about, He is over the direction of Your life. The hard part is waiting. So yes, God gives you the strength to persevere through a situation, but that is for while you wait for Him to do amazing things in that situation. He is still a God of miracles and He still works wonders in this world. Keep praying. Press into Him while you wait.
Thank You for this day. Thank You for the wonders of today, the things that You are doing right now! Thank You for the things that You are going to do, the miracles You are going to work in each and every one of our lives. I love You God. Please help me to live a life that is pleasing to You and press into You while I wait. You are amazing. You are an awesome God!