Today’s Scripture is Hebrews 11:1…
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Today’s blog post is by Michelle Morse…
When you think about it, it seems pretty silly to believe that God has granted us an unseen eternity in heaven and not believe that He will answer prayers prayed according to His will here on earth. After all, what seems more difficult: sacrificing His only son for a long-term promise to the sinful multitudes, or granting one person’s short-term prayer of faith?
For years, Abraham and Sarah prayed for the son God had promised them. In their old age, they still hadn’t seen their dream come true. When God assured them that it was about to happen, Sarah laughed (Genesis 18:10-15). She had given up hope. Yet God gave them a huge legacy of descendants, just as He had promised (Genesis 12:2, 15:4-6, 17:4-8).
For decades, I prayed for something good that I desperately wanted. I knew God wanted it, too, so I couldn’t understand why He was taking so long to answer my prayer. Eventually, I gave up, miserably disappointed. I stopped praying for the thing I wanted him to change, and decided to work on changing the one thing I had control over: myself! In seeking help to do so, I was taught the true meaning of “Let go and let God”. When I stretched myself to become a better person instead of demanding that God change my circumstances, two things happened. First, I learned that my attitudes and not my circumstances were the source of my contentment. And the second result was that the thing I’d been praying for finally came to pass!
Just because I hadn’t seen evidence that God was working on my problem didn’t mean that He had ignored my prayers. He had his reasons for the delay: He was waiting for me to change. By striving to make it happen, I had been standing in God’s way. I’d been obsessing on the circumstances instead of working on the obstruction: me! I had been focusing on the problem instead of resting on my faith in the Problem Solver. And in worrying about what God wasn’t doing for me, I had forgotten to thank Him for the thousands of blessings He was giving me every day.
Stretch your faith. Let go and Let God. He doesn’t need our help. Trust His timing. And don’t forget to be thankful.
Additional verses: Philippians 4: 6-7, 11-12.