I read a story today about a girl who converted into another religion because her father died of cancer and Jesus didn’t answer her prayers. She took the decision to say that she will no longer be Catholic because her father died and God seemingly did not interfere.
First that leads us to question, what is the point of a Christian’s life? Well, the answer is found in Romans 14:8
“If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” The point of a Christian’s life is to be with the Lord, in living we are with him and in dying we are with Him.
So you prayed and God didn’t seem to be answering, or maybe you prayed and things got worse. So you started to wonder where did you go wrong? Or what did you do to God that He is letting all these bad things happen to you? You may also have doubted the power of Jesus as did the girl from the story.
The truth is God did answer that girl, jus not in ways she expected. She prayed for healing and her father healed eternally. Sometimes our prayers are selfish, we want physical healing, but we aren’t prepared to acknowledge that healing comes in other forms. Healing sometimes comes through pain that sanctifies. I mean isn’t that how all Christians were healed of the pain of sin? Was it not through the pain of Jesus on the cross that we were spared?
So, that pain we are so annoyed with may be the reason we are sanctified. If you read my writing or watch my videos, I hardly speak of the times where He didn’t answer as I had expected and of the times thing got worse, but trust me, these times excite and are more frequent then you’d think.
Yet, these are the times I am so thankful for. I so thankful for every time He didn’t answer the way I expected Him. Because of that, conversations between God and I became deeper and more intellectual. The reason is, when I stopped demanding a particular answer, He was able to answer freely. He was able to communicate with me as He would like. Think about it this way, communication with a screaming child or a child refusing to eat their vegetables is a lot harder than communication with a child that is calm and willing to hear what their parents have to say.
When we stop demanding a particular answer from God, we start realizing that our pain makes us stronger. I know it’s cliché, but very much on point! The woman from the story, refused to see that her father’s death is God’s gracious answer to her prayers because she was insisting that God answers her in a certain way. When He didn’t, she left Him. That to me is not love. In any case, today I invite you and myself to think, what is the answer we are expecting from God? How is the answer He has given us any different?
God bless you and please remember me in your prayers!