“God Calling” today reminds me that God never fails to answer. He always answers. In fact, my answers have been there since the beginning of time. I just don’t always hear the answer.
Sometimes we get so busy trying to find the answer that we don’t see it right in front t of us. Sometimes, we’re too busy telling God the answer that we want to hear, so we don’t hear His. Sometimes, we think we need the answer right this very minute; but God’s timing is not the same as ours. We rush ahead before He’s finished speaking or we think we hear Him say something that He didn’t say at all. He may have been saying something completely different.
When I read today’s message, I can’t help but think of Job. He thought he was being punished. Job’s friends even helped him feel guilty and have a pity party. He wasn’t being punished at all; and in the end, he had everything he’d lost restored to him and then some. I also thought about the woman with the issue of blood. She’d spent everything she had on doctors and medicines to no avail. But, if she’d been cured, she might never have been in that street the day that Jesus came to town. Paul went to God three times over the “thorn in his flesh.” God told him, “My grace is sufficient for you.”
There’s a song called “Unanswered Prayers” that comes to mind. I remember praying for some things that I did not get. Those “unanswered” prayers were not really unanswered though. The answers were just not the ones I thought I should have; the ones I wanted. If God’s answers had been what I wanted them to be, my children wouldn’t be exactly who they are today because they would have had a different father. They may not even have been born, in fact, because I might never have gotten round to marrying and becoming a mother. Come to think of it, I would have missed so many things; things that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world today.
I’m reminded of a couple of things when I think about all of this. First, God is God and I’m not-He alone is sovereign. Secondly, God knows me better and knows what’s better for me better than I do. Finally, God loves me and His very best is in every answer He has for me. If I could just remember that right away whenever I ask something…I might get His answers much more quickly than I do at times.