Saturday, February 09, 2019

Give The Lord The Benefit of the Doubt

I was praying for something recently that I not only did not get, but what happened was about the exact opposite of 1.  what I asked for and 2. what I wanted.  The day before, I prayed for something that received the exact answer for what I asked within 5 minutes or less.  What happened?

The Lord always answers:

Matt 7:7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes no, sometimes wait.  The Spirit explained this morning that we need to think a little bit harder about what appear to be 'no.'  We need to give the Lord the benefit of the doubt when what we get is not what we asked for  and/or not what we wanted.  We need to ask better questions like "is there a bigger picture here that I am not seeing at the moment?"  Could the short term "no" be part of a larger, longer term "yes?"

Give the Lord the benefit of the doubt:

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

The Lord sees the end from the beginning.  On the chess board of life in a 100 move game He sees, understands and has plans for all 100 moves of the game.  He is the only infinite, all knowing, all powerful being, full stop.  Just because 1. we didn't get what we wanted today, 2. didn't like todays answer does not mean there isn't something larger and longer term at play in store for us tomorrow.

Add to all of this ^^ the fact that we are loved with a love that goes beyond anything our minds or hearts can understand.  Our God is good, He loves us, He always answers.  We have to be faithful, patient and give Him the benefit of the doubt that somehow some way todays "no" will work out later for our good and in many if not most cases turn today's disappointment into tomorrows rejoicing.

Keep the faith.

grace and peace