“It is a blessed thing to learn that God’s word can never fail. Never harken to human plans. God can work mightily when you persist in believing Him in spite of discouragements from the human standpoint…I am not moved by what I see. I am moved only by what I believe. No man considers how he feels if he believes. The man who believes God has it (emphasis his).”
Sometimes it is hard to wait on God. We go to church every Sunday, pray every day, make sure we do our morning and evening devotions, and try to be really really good people. We don’t speak ill of our family, friends, neighbours or co-workers (well maybe not intentionally) and we volunteer readily to work with charity organisations. Surely after expending all this time and effort He would at least grant us our puny requests. How hard can it be for the creator of the entire universe to send us a new job or give us a salary increase, to provide a beautiful loving can’t-wait-to-take-care-of-us spouse, make our children behave better, cause supermarket and fuel prices to go down, or heal our very ill loved one? Better still, why doesn’t He give us our revenge against the spouse who betrayed us, the supervisor who wrongly caused us to lose our job, the thief who broke into our home and stole all of material possessions, the criminal who murdered our innocent child, the neighbour who cuts their grass at six o’clock on a Sunday morning? How long is too long? Is God asleep? Is He not hearing us? Does He not understand that we really need Him to answer our prayers?
While you pause to think a bit on these questions, I was given permission to share the following post (unedited except for grammar) made by Alison Martin in a group on Facebook.
“I went to the supermarket tonight hoping to buy just a few groceries for Jenny and myself at the WISH Centre. My debit card declined. I took out items, tried again and that repeated 3 times until both my card and credit card declined. I was fairly embarrassed. As I walked to the car I resisted the urge to get upset with God because He knows my needs. Food is a need, yes? I got in my car and thought about the things I had to take care of…..insurance payment this month, gas I need for the car to get to ministry workshops this week….I just decided I would not complain. As I pulled out of the supermarket, I said, well, let me at least use the $10 to get a roti for dinner. I went inside, bought my dinner and saw a friend who is an Anglican priest. He invited me to sit at his table and we began to chit chat. He said I did not seem like my usual happy self and I told him nothing was wrong. So he continued to talk to me about how wonderful God has been to Him over the last 3 weeks and how the Holy Spirit was really speaking to him about something. At that point I shared with him my embarrassing moment at the grocery. He did not hesitate and pulled out his wallet and handed me $300. He proceeded to tell me how the Holy spirit told him this morning that he was to give away a blessing out of the blessing He had received. He asked me not to refuse or quarrel, but to take it so he could be obedient. And I did….but I cried and cried at the table (poor fella). I was so overwhelmed that the Lord had prepared provision for me that I did not even imagine, through my kind Anglican priest friend, who is really a great man who loves the Lord very much. I cried all the way back to the WISH Centre realizing that TRULY the Lord takes care of His servants needs and will never allow them to be forsaken, even down to the smallest need. I can be sure that as I continue to be obedient and do God’s work that he will supply ALL my other needs. I’m sharing this testimony because God’s Word is true “Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and ALL things will be added to you” I have proved this to be true, many, many, many times over.”
When I wrote to ask Alison if I could share this note she agreed and added:
“Sure you can share it. What I did not add was that the priest said to me that this was like a drink offering which he would just pour out (which means it’s not for himself – he did not keep the blessing for himself). So in turn, I essentially did the same thing and spent pretty much all of it to bless someone else with groceries, that is my drink offering because if I do it unto the least of these (the person I blessed), I did it unto Jesus. You can add that too. ”
Do I hear an Amen?!!! What a testimony! My granny had a saying: “God don’t be sleeping and He don’t like ugly”. In a nutshell, God will always always look after us – as seen in Isaiah 46:4 (NIV): “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
God doesn’t say He “might” or He “could” or He will see if He can “remember to put a note in His life planner”; He says that he “WILL”. As our heavenly Father He knows what we need, when we need it, how we should receive it and how He will manage those who have hurt or wronged us. It might be hard and your situation may look dire but I encourage you to never doubt God’s promises. It may look as though He has forgotten you but He hasn’t. His love for us is infinite, unconditional and sustainable but best of all is the fact that no matter what happens, He will never ever leave us. So let’s continue to praise Him, pray to Him and love Him as we wait – because that miracle you may have been longing for (like forever) may be just about to happen 🙂
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:19-221 (NIV)
“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.”