“But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the ASSURANCE you received when you heard the Good News…” Col. 1:23
Why do we question the promises of God? Ok, yes, I know the verse above is talking about the Good News, meaning Jesus Christ coming to Earth and dying on the cross for our sins. However, I do want to take in a different direction because I feel that it is applicable. So, back to my question. Questioning the promises of God, when He clearly ASSURES us throughout His word that He is always faithful. I hate that I do this. I can’t tell you how many times I have prayed for something and then I stress over it until God answers my prayer. And He answers it in His own way of course. I am sure we are all guilty of this at some point or another. When we pray, God hears every single word. Even those silent prayers that you pray in your heart, and don’t want anyone to hear. He knows those too! So, why do we worry/stress even though we know God is working on it? We are so fixated on our own selves and our own timetable that we don’t realize God hasn’t answered that particular prayer for a reason. He is actually waiting until the time is right! There is always a purpose for your unanswered prayer.
This past year, September 2017, I lost both of my grandmothers within three days of each other. Both of them were very sick. My Mamaw (dad’s mom), had been mentally sick for years. She had Dementia and it was heartbreaking to watch her deteriorate over the years. Her health declined as well, but for the most part she was ok. Just mentally lost. My Memaw’s breast cancer came back for the third time and it was already stage four when they found it again. Once my Memaw (mom’s mom) got sick again, I said that they were going to die very close to each other. I didn’t realize how close their deaths would be, but I just had a feeling it would happen that way. I remember praying for a while for God to take my Mamaw home with Him. It took some time to get to that point because I was so close to her. I was very close to both of them really! But my Mamaw had gotten to a point where she wasn’t living anymore. She wasn’t herself, and I couldn’t stand it. I knew the only way her body and mind would heal was if she went on to be with Jesus. When my Memaw got her cancer diagnosis, everything happened so fast. At that point, I was praying for her to be as comfortable as possible until God decided to take her home as well. Eventually, God did answer my prayers for both of them. It was extremely difficult, but God provided so much support through my friends and family, and I felt His strength more in that week and a half dealing with their deaths and funerals than I ever have before. Both of my parents were having to grieve for their own mother and also grieve for their mother-in-law. I am one very sensitive woman, let me tell you. I cry at the most ridiculous things. (I get it from my momma!) Ha! That week though, it’s almost like the tears were non-existent. Of course I cared, and I did shed some tears, please don’t think otherwise! Heck, I’ve been crying while typing this! However, I truly believe it was God covering me and strengthening me. Almost like He was saying, I need you to be strong for your parents. They are dealing with a lot whilst trying to be there for each other and their families. So I am gonna give you strength so that is one less thing for them to worry about.
Having my grandmothers go so close together was hard, but a blessing. Some may not see it that way, but I did. My family grew closer. I think my parents grew closer. And for whatever reason, God waited for them to go right there together. I had prayed for God to take my Mamaw a while before my Memaw had gotten sick, but it wasn’t time. He knew that it wouldn’t be easy when the time came, but He knew taking them together would be what was best for my family.
Resting in His Assurance…
There are times when I pray for things and I just leave it at His feet because I know without a doubt that He will answer at some point. I WISH I could be this way ALWAYS! I always pray for more opportunities to sing and/or lead worship. After I pray those prayers, I literally just wait and see what God brings to the table. You know why?? Because I KNOW that something is coming. I don’t know what, and I don’t know when, but I know that an opportunity is coming. I sing and lead worship to bring Him glory and nothing else! It has nothing to do with me. I just adore doing it for Him! As long as I continue to give Him glory through singing, I know He will continue to give me opportunities.
Whatever your prayer, God promises to answer. If you are a believer, I think that deep down you know that God will answer your prayer at some point or another. We just want to know WHEN, right?! Ha! It’s hard, I know. God wants the glory though. When He blesses you, give Him the praise! We don’t deserve any of His blessings, but He loves giving to us because He loves us, SO MUCH!! When He does answer, it probably won’t be the way you expect. It probably won’t be in the time that you want, (boy, don’t I know it!) and it may not be the answer you are wanting. It will, however, be what He knows is best for you. Some of those answers will be hard to comprehend and hard to accept, I imagine, but know that God knows you better that you know yourself. He knows what you need and when you need it! He loves you!
REST ASSURE that God answers prayers! HE WILL ANSWER YOURS!