Several years ago, I questioned God.
“If You can create the heavens and the earth, why are You not helping me?” I asked.
No matter where we are in our walk with the Lord, questions quietly sneak into our thoughts at times.
Feeling guilty before the Lord when I questioned Him, I was led to study Job in detail where I learned something incredibly valuable that I could apply to my life in the 21st century: Trusting God completely, without reservation!
Trusting God became a new way of life for me, and the Holy Sprit taught me many things about unanswered prayer during that not-so-patient time in my life.
First, I realized that it is okay to question God as long as I show respect, reverence, and honesty.
Second, I found I could ask Him to help me understand His ways because He wants me to talk to Him and trust Him.
Last, I learned to ask Him a couple of questions when He is not answering a prayer request after a certain amount of time has gone by:
1. God do You need to change my heart?
2. God, is my situation being used for Your glory?
These last two questions have helped me so much because God places peace in my heart, even when a definite answer is not given. He wants me to have a right heart, and He wants everything to be used for His glory.
Part of my lesson was accepting nothing is too hard for God, but just because I want something to happen, doesn’t mean it’s best for me . . . Or the countless others who would be affected by my request.
Because God has a perfect will for our lives, He will orchestrate everything for our very best.
Also during this time, the Holy Spirit prompted me to be specific in my prayer requests: don’t ask for a job, but ask for a particular job. So trusting God, asking questions, and being specific became part of my spiritual routine.
Maybe you want to learn my lessons with me: If God does not answer you, ask Him the two questions that I posted above. And wait for His answer. Just wait. I know it’s so hard . . . So so so hard!
Trusting God for the best answer is liberating and gave me amazing freedom from anxiety as I began walking a new lifestyle that took away more stress than I realized I had. I can’t tell you I never worry because that’s not true. But I can tell you my worry factor is a 1, on a scale of 1-10. It used to be a 10, so you can imagine the change three powerful words have made in my life:
I’m Trusting God
Ah, Sovereign Lord, You have made
the heavens and the earth by Your
great power and outstretched arm.
Nothing is too hard for you.
Adapted from Seeking Jesus by Becky Capps