“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV).
Today’s technology lets us connect with anyone at any time. As if telephones and email weren’t enough, we now have texting and Twitter to add to the mix. We have to make an effort NOT to be connected. We expect that when we want a response, we’ll get one quickly.
Recently, my grandparents were late arriving to a family get-together. We worried that they were lost, driving aimlessly, trying in vain to locate the restaurant. Naturally I pulled out my cell phone to call them, but quickly realized my grandparents don’t own a cell phone.
It’s hard to remember a time before we had the ability to be in constant communication and get instant feedback. And maybe this helps explain why it can be frustrating to not hear a clear word from the Lord, especially in times of distress. We call, and seemingly there is no immediate reply. How do we respond when, amidst deep discouragement, we don’t receive the instant divine feedback we’ve been conditioned by our culture to expect?
At times like these, it’s helpful to remember a simple but powerful fact that God is with us always. Always (Matthew 28:20). If you are attempting to serve Him faithfully and fully in faith, He is pleased with you, even if you see no immediate results and have no earthly reason for confidence. (Hebrews 13:16)
We are “sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1) because we place our trust in God, who has demonstrated His trustworthiness based on His divine character.
We must be patient and trust that God is in control. Although we cannot know definitively why things happen since we know now only in part, we will someday know fully (1 Corinthians 13:12) and in the meantime we have God’s word, the Bible, to instruct and enlighten us as much as God chooses to reveal.
We may not see the dark cloud’s silver lining, but if we are following God faithfully, we should harbor no guilt or fear. Instead we can be confident in the wisdom and love of our Lord, whose loving sacrifice of His Son cleanses us of all sin and fills us with His Holy Spirit, full of mercy and grace.
Oh, and my grandparents were a little late arriving, but were able to find the restaurant on their own. Unfortunately, in the meantime we lost my mom, who rushed out of the restaurant to look for them.
Questions: How can we know that God does hear our prayers? Why do you suppose His answer sometimes is “Wait”? During this time of waiting, how can we be encouraged to keep on trusting Him?
About this Author Darren Hewer