I’ve never heard anyone say, “I have no desire.” We all expect, hope and pray for something. A miracle. A breakthrough. Peace. Provision. Comfort. Change. All of them wrapped up in prayers, timing and expectation that the God to whom we are praying WILL provide.
The journey is not always certain. It can be downright exhausting at times. The intent is not to make you faint but to make you strong. In the end it’s never about the petition. It’s about learning that your hope is in Christ; Having a firm foundation knowing your Faith is not predicated upon what you receive from God in THIS life. It’s about knowing the eternal hope of His Salvation through Jesus Christ.
God knows the end from the beginning. He knows the number of hairs on our heads, and yet, he doesn’t tell us everything we want to know. He’s God. Being settled and comforted by that truth is not always easy, but it IS the place He wants us to rest.
I AM GOD. That is enough.
I think about Abraham. The Father of the faithful. God told him that he would have a son. When it looked impossible, God performed the miracle! His wife Sarah, barren and 90 years old, gave birth to a son. (Read Genesis 12-22 for the whole story.)
Funny thing is, God then told Abraham to do something that sounded completely crazy!
Genesis 22:1-2 tells us,
After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.
Visualizing my reaction, I would have wanted to say, “Really God? You want me to kill my own son? The one you promised to give me!?!?” A lot feelings would come before and after that. Many many feelings. WHY!!!?!?!?!?
I think about that journey up the mountain. “Abraham said, ‘God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.’ So they went both of them together” (Genesis 22:8). I imagine it was silent after that. What else can you say? God said He would provide. It looks like He’s taking everything away that He promised. But God said he would provide.
I AM GOD. That is enough.
The Bible says that Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness because of his faith (James 2:23). Hebrews 11:19 tells us, “Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to raise him from the dead.”
We need to shun superficial Christianity. We pray for something harder than we’ve ever prayed. Call a prayer vigil, fast, and quote every Scripture in the Bible that comes to mind. If the prayer is answered, praise the Lord! He worked a miracle!
If it doesn’t happen, or it’s delayed, not the way we expected or hoped–then what?
Some walk away from God. I trusted you and you failed me.
Some feel hopeless and lose heart. What’s the use? I believed you and you didn’t come through. How can I go on?
And then there are those of us who stand up, rise up and cling to the hope we have in Jesus Christ. I will not give up because I know you didn’t give up when you died for me.
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)
Sometimes you don’t need the answer. He is God. And that is always enough.