By Kristen Entwistle
Have you ever prayed for something, something big – and waited and waited and waited for God to grant your request, and then been devastated when it felt like He didn’t come through? Maybe you’ve been praying for the financial means to buy a house, healing for a child or a parent or yourself, for the opportunity to change jobs, for God to bless your family with a child, for God to bring a friend into your life that might become something more, for that ministry event you’re planning to be well-attended.
Let me be abundantly clear:
God ALWAYS answers your prayers.
It’s just that He doesn’t always answer
the way that we want Him to.
Sometimes the answer we get isn’t what we think we need. But it’s what God knows we need. With whatever is going on in your life right now – whether it is big or small, wonderful or difficult – take heart that He does hear your prayers, your cries, your praise. Remember that His time is not ours, and that He has a bigger plan.
Kutless sings a song called Even If. The chorus says these words:
Even if the healing doesn’t come
And life falls apart
And dreams are still undone
You are God, You are good,
Forever faithful One
Even if the healing,
Even if the healing doesn’t come.
…you’re still renting an apartment and can’t afford a house right now, He is working in it for His glory.
…the new job doesn’t pan out right now, ask for God to use you where you are right now.
…God doesn’t heal your son or daughter, put your trust in Him and ask for His strength to get you through each day, and to see the good that comes of your struggle.
…you’re still single and alone, God’s got a plan. And His love is one that will never fail, never disappoint you, and never run away.
…you haven’t been blessed with a child, run to God, who has it all in His hands. Find comfort in Him today.
…one person shows up to that ministry event, remember that God has used you in that person’s life. And that was worth it.
I will still praise You, because You are good. I will still trust You, because You are faithful.
And I will actively look for the ways that You are working ALL things for the good of we who love you. I will let you use my circumstances, my struggles, my life to bless others, and to work out Your plan in their lives and in mine. Even when the healing doesn’t come.