You’re going through a difficult time and everyone around you is saying you should pray about it. Is it just me but sometimes I feel like yeah yeah I’ll pray like yeah yeah thanks but…is there any PRACTICAL solution I can physically implement here…?
I don’t understand Econometrics and the test is tomorrow like…I need revision tips and helpful books I can quickly get from the library. I want a job but I haven’t heard back from any company…I need someone to check over my CV and tell me where I’m going wrong. My aunt is terminally ill- I need some new found medical research to surface like…now.
Prayer sometimes feels ineffective. I’ve officially voiced the issue to God okay now what?
Why do I even need to tell Him when I know he already knows what I’m going to say? (‘…for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask Him’– Matthew 6:8) And why do I have to pray every single day when most of the time my thoughts haven’t changed. I still need the job, as I mentioned on Monday…and my aunt is still ill sooo do I have to keep reminding God? Does he keep forgetting or…? Is he not even hearing me in the first place or is he just choosing to ignore me ‘cos…ALRIGHT let’s…stop that thought process right there. ‘Cos that my friends is the very thing hindering any progress. The questions? No. You don’t get something…ask. Ignorance is not bliss and neither is it an excuse, especially when God is ready to dish out wisdom on request:
James 1:5– If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
The problem comes when we allow these questions to play on our minds to the point where they’re in the back of our minds whilst praying. We’re praying but…also trying to figure out for ourselves how the solution is actually going to present itself. Worrying relentlessly and getting into bad moods because realistically we don’t know what’s going to happen. As though God was lying when He said that we should cast all our burdens onto Him because He cares. As though it was a first come first served basis when He said He will give us peace when we are weary. (Matthew 11:28).
Trust the Lord God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
We’re not supposed to understand everything. If God’s ways had to make sense to us before we followed Him then I’d need scientific evidence on how Jesus actually walked on water. How is Moses parting a whole sea with the cane just like that? Noah’s ark yeah….hmm. As soon as I let my mind wander…Mrs. Doubt creeps in, ready to burn the foundation of faith I’ve built with her fire. I’m learning to accept that it’s not everything I must know.
God even says He will ‘destroy the wisdom of the wise’. The smartest people on this Earth (by society’s standards that is), will still not be able to comprehend everything about God’s ways. Their minds are a product of His creation after all and the message of the cross is even pure ‘foolishness’ to those who don’t believe (1 Cor 1:18). It just sounds bizarre and doesn’t make any logical sense.
What I’m trying to say is that, we’re not going to know everything that God is thinking and instead of letting this frustrate us when problems come, we need to trust Him.
‘Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you’ (1 Peter 5:7)– Key Word: Cast. Not explain the issue and discuss. Leave it to God and begin to live as though that prayer has been answered. That’s when real faith is demonstrated- believing the things hoped for without the evidence of a solution immediately presenting itself.
James 1:6– But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. (i.e unstable and easily shaken)
Get to know God but don’t try to understand the ins and outs of His mind because you never will.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8).
No matter what happens, God’s intentions for us are better than whatever we could have in mind. Doubt may come but don’t allow it to settle. Bad situations will come but don’t allow them to redefine your confidence in God. Focus on God and He’ll focus on you, problems inclusive.