When was the last time God answered your prayers? When was the last time He answered your prayers exactly as you expected Him to? Have you ever prayed about a situation and things seemed to get worse?
In his devotional book, Experiencing God Day by Day, Henry Blackaby says, “Much of the frustration we experience as Christians has nothing to do with what God does or doesn’t do. It has everything to do, rather, with the false assumptions we make about how we think God will or should act.”
Do you agree with this statement? In theory, Christians believe that God is merciful. Loving. Patient. Forgiving. Generous. Faithful. But what if what He does doesn’t seem to match what He is? Here is where the value of past experience—your own or that of others—comes into play. You may not be able to clearly see what He is doing in your life right now. But try looking back over your life or the life of a loved one. Can you see His hand? His love? His wisdom?
We don’t always understand what the results of today’s obedience will be, but we choose to obey anyway. That’s called faith. But it’s not blind faith, because “we know whom we have believed and are convinced that he is able to guard what we have entrusted to him until that day” (2 Tim. 1:12).
Don’t try to predict. Just trust and rest in His plan today. He’s got this.