You're begging God for something specific.
A husband, a ministry, a child, a job, healing, direction.
And Christians keep saying this same line:
"Have faith. It will happen. You just have to believe."
Somehow, these words do little to soothe your soul, and here's why:
We've seen too many times that our desires aren't always God's will. And if God left even Jesus' request at Gethsemane unanswered, how can we mere mortals be sure we'll have all we ask?
There's a critical difference between
- faith that your prayers will be answered in the way you ask, and
- faith in a God Who is good, even when circumstances are bad.
You know that thing you're praying for? Do you have faith that God is even better than the thing you seek? Do you have faith that God is even better than
- the absence of pain
- the family you dream of
- the ministry or life purpose you seek
- the job or financial security you need?
I'm not telling you God isn't going to answer your prayers. I hope He does. I have no clue what His plan is for your life. But even if you obtain all you hope for, this waiting is wasted if it doesn't help you love God more.
See, our loving Father wants one thing for us more than anything else. He wants it for us because it brings more joy than anything else. Do you know what it is? It is God. God wants for us to have God, not because He is an egomaniac, but because He is the best thing we could have. And if it takes a painful season of waiting to make us run to Him for help, He will allow us that pain. Because He loves us. He knows that knowing Him more is worth far more than the price of whatever suffering we currently endure.
Having faith is
less about believing we'll get
exactly what we want,
and more about believing
we'll get more of Who we need.
"I do believe;
help me overcome my unbelief!"
If this post was painful for any of you to read,
please comment or email and let me know.
I know these are sensitive issues and I take your pain seriously,
even if I don't have the right words to say.
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