For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
How many times have we quoted this verse and told ourselves that it’s all going to work out? Or maybe we’ve memorized Romans 8:28 that says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” And then things turn out much differently than we imagined.
Then we find ourselves pulling away from God or questioning Him, or at least I know I do. Right now my husband and I are facing a trial that I don’t feel like is fair. I’ve taken it to God over and over again. I’ve questioned Him about it. I’ve told Him that I don’t think it’s fair, and He’s been dealing with me.
James 1:2-3 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” So, I’m supposed to be happy about it? That seems crazy in our carnal minds, but God is working. We have to remember Ephesians 6:12 when it says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” It may seem like our fight is against someone carnally, but it’s not. Every trial we face is a spiritual trial that can only be fought through the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.
When the Lord allows us to walk through something, we have to remember Isaiah 55:8, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord.” Hallelujah! Thank God that His ways are not our ways. He knows what He’s doing. He is the all knowing, almighty, infinite Heavenly Father.
It maybe hard to go through things that we don’t understand. Trust me, I know. I’m there. I don’t understand, but I know God has a plan. And I am assured that His plan is so much better than I could ever imagine. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,”. Praise God that He can do so much more than anything we could ever ask or think!
Although I don’t understand everything God is doing right now, I know He’s bringing me out to something better. Psalms 126:5-6 says, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” God has promised that He will bring us through, and He will bring us to something better. Trust His plan for your life today.
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalms 30:5b
2 thoughts on “When God Doesn’t Answer (The Way We Want)”
Praying for you and your family. There is a difference in joy and happiness. Happiness depends on circumstances and emotions. We don’t have to be happy about something, but we can choose joy despite what is going on. The joy of the Lord is our strength. Every trial we go through God either shows us or grows us or both. Love you!!
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You are so right! God has really been working on me with this.