How can we understand the Eternal One’s mind? He holds the beginning and the end (Rev. 1:11, 17). He has perfect knowledge (Acts 15:18). Some of the things He does or allows we will never understand (Isaiah 55:8-9).
But we can trust.
V. Sometimes God doesn’t move because it’s not His will or timing.
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD. Proverbs 21:30
Made in God’s likeness, man has been created with a will. God does not force people to obey Him. As a result of the fall, our world suffers from the scars of sin. God does not orchestrate evil.
That said, those who love God seek His favor. We ask. He answers. We seek. He directs. We knock. He opens or closes.
It was Elisabeth Elliot whose heart’s cry was for:
God’s will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.
This can be a freeing reality. God is in control.
It can also be troubling, at times. God is in control.
The often quoted Psalm 37:4-5 isn’t a promise that God will give us whatever we desire. Rather, it is a losing our desires to His. God’s desires become ours, so that when they are fulfilled His purposes are as well.
In our previous article we took the challenge of prayer and fasting – drawing close enough to God to sense His leading.
Someone has said that the right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing.
Waiting. It’s not wasted time unless we waste it. God has purpose for every day of our lives.
But the wrong thing at any time is the wrong thing. And it may not be “evil.” It just may be the wrong thing.
If God, like a father, denies us what we want now, it is in order to give us some far better thing later on. Elisabeth Elliot (God’s Guidance)
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
How can we trust in what we do not see? What we cannot touch? What we cannot hear?
Over the last year or so I have been learning that God is always proving to me that He is trustworthy. I needed. God supplied. I longed. God fulfilled. I sought. God was found. Do I have every thing I want? No. I am learning to ask Him for what I need and trust the results to Him.
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Psalm 32:8
Oh that we could come to the place of surrender. Of trust. What fiery trial caused the writer to pen:
Not my will, but Thine be done.
And that the fulness of the Son
Would dwell within this heart that I
Have offered Thee.
Until everything I do
Is the thing that pleases You
Abba Father I would be a son in deed.
When we lay down at night we can have the confidence that God is moving, whether we see His hand at work or not. Our faith is not that He will make all things good, but that He will work all things for our good.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Think about it:
~ Are you in a waiting season? What Scripture verses speak peace and hope to your heart?
~ Has the Lord said “no” to a desire of your heart? Might He desire to replace the void with Himself?
~ Is your “world” upsidedown? God is in control.
In retrospect of our five-part series - when times are trying and we cannot see God’s hand at work we must -
1. Remove unbelief. God is.
2. Repeatedly petition. God listens.
3. Repent of sin. God sees, sets free, and forgives.
4. Resist the devil. God is greater.
5. Rest in God’s will. God is trustworthy.