God will never turn our problems into His emergency!

Have you ever experienced God’s delays in your prayers and wondered why your problems are not God’s emergency? David experienced the same and he wrote, “I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; my eyes fail while I wait for my God” (Psalm. 69:3). Again he wrote, “My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation” (Psalm. 62:1).

As Christians, we may not understand why God makes us wait at times when it seems that we need immediate answers. But we do know the Lord Jesus Christ and He can be trusted. God is sovereign and He knows what is best, and holds our best interests in mind for our future (Jeremiah 29:11).

Let me share with you a very encouraging story I must confess brought me to tears.( And I quote as it was written )In 1812, Adoniram Judson and his new bride, Nancy, left their familiar and comfortable New England surroundings to take the gospel to far-off Burma. After a difficult four-month voyage, they arrived in India only to hear discouraging reports about Burma and to learn that they could not stay in India. They spent a year moving from India to Mauritius (off the coast of South Africa) and back, to avoid deportation. Finally, against all advice, they managed to get aboard a ship heading for Burma. En route, Nancy gave birth to a stillborn child and almost died herself.

They finally arrived in Rangoon and began the arduous task of learning Burmese. They found the Burmese people to be committed to Buddhism and totally uninterested in and opposed to Christianity. The only other English-speaking couple in Rangoon left, leaving the Judsons alone to struggle with the language and the mission. The birth of a son brightened their lives, but when he was eight-months-old, he became ill. With no medicine or doctors in Rangoon, the baby died. The Judsons buried him in their back yard and plodded on through their tears.

After six years, they finally baptized their first convert. A handful more trickled in over the years, but mostly, they faced fierce opposition from the Buddhist monks and the government. In 1824, the British went to war against Burma, and Judson was arrested, tortured, and imprisoned on false charges as a spy. The conditions and torture in the prison were terrible. As he suffered with fever in that dark prison, Judson’s wife delivered a letter from a friend that asked, “Judson, how’s the outlook?” He replied, “The outlook is as bright as the promises of God.”

There was a man who had learned to trust in God, not in his circumstances! Judson later was released from prison only to face the deaths of his wife and his two-year-old daughter. He fought intense depression and struggled against numerous setbacks. But he plodded on in faith until he died at age 62. Today, over 600,000 Burmese Christians trace their roots back to Adoniram Judson, a man who hoped in God.

There are several things we must learn as believers of Christ

When God delays, we must trust Him by doing right, even if we do not reach our goals. Be encouraged by Adoniram Judson story of determination.

We must trust Him to accomplish His will through us by His power. We must trust in God, not in our circumstances. There is confidence in praying when we know His will for our lives as it says in I John 5:14-15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 

If we trust in our circumstances, we will have a roller coaster type of Christian experience. When things are looking up, we will be up. When things look down, we will be down.  Paul, still a prisoner, wrote that great epistle to the Philippians. The repeated theme of that letter is, “Rejoice in the Lord” (Phillipians 3:1; 4:4). In spite of all of his years of trials, Paul was full of joy, not in his circumstances, but in the Lord.

God uses His delays to teach us to submit more thoroughly to His lordship over our lives. Some wise man once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”  It isn’t over until we meet the Lord in heaven or in the air. So even if we’ve yielded our lives totally to Jesus as Lord, there’s always more to yield. God’s delays often expose areas where we need to yield further to Him.

We submit to God’s Lordship by acknowledging that He is God and we are not. We all like to think that we’re in control of our circumstances, but the reality is, we are not in control. God is in control.  “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain” (Psalm. 127:1). When you make careful plans in dependence on the Lord, and the plans get foiled by what seem like random chance (there is no such thing), you have to bow and say, “Lord, you are God and I am not. I submit to You and will wait for You to accomplish Your plans in this situation.”

We submit to God’s Lordship by not grumbling while we wait. “Do all things without grumbling or disputing; that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world” (Phillipian 2:14-15). Paul says that if we don’t grumble, but rather rejoice in the Lord, our lives will shine as lights in this dark world. The world won’t be able to figure us out! Grumbling is natural for those who don’t know Christ, but it ought to be rare for those who submit to Jesus as Lord. When we grumble, it brings dishonor on the Lord’s name. In effect, we’re saying to the world, “You wouldn’t want to serve my God, because He treats you really poorly!”

David wrote, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord” (Psalm. 27:13-14)

 When God delays, we must trust Him by submitting our agendas to Him. at all times we must submit our agenda to God and trust God to work out His agenda in His time. there is nothing wrong with godly desires and hopes for the future. We all should dream about what God may do through us in the future. We should plan, as much as we’re able, by setting godly spiritual goals for our lives. But after all the planning and goal-setting are done, we have to bow and say, “Lord, not my will, but Your will be done with my life. I trust in Your agenda for me.”

When God delays, we must trust Him to accomplish His will through us by His power. even if satan puts a bump in the road of God’s sovereign plan for His people, God wants us to move forward with our plans for serving him. We usually don’t understand the reason for God’s delays, but we need to trust that He knows what He is doing, and that He is not frustrated in the least by the whims and foibles of fallen world.

 When God delays, we must trust in Him, not in our circumstances. Even though we are seeking to trust in the Lord, it is so easy to put our hope in our circumstances instead of in the Lord Himself. If events are not happening as quickly as you would like, or if you are not seeing circumstances change in your favor, open your grip on the situation; relax and learn to trust God. Know this: God is on your side. He is not trying to hold you back. Nobody wants you to fulfill your destiny more than Almighty God. Nobody wants you to see your dreams come to pass any more than He does. He put the dream in your heart in the first place. Let Him lead you and guide you.

Comforting thought for the week!

Have been wondering why your prayers are not being answered? God is answering your prayers ;He has many ways of answering us. Maybe He’s simply saying no. Or maybe He’s saying it’s not the right time. Or maybe He’s saying, “I’m not going to remove that obstacle until you change your attitude and quit complaining about it.” Make some simple adjustments, and you will see things begin to improve. God will not answer some of our prayers, because sometimes what we think is the best for us isn’t the best at all. Nevertheless, if you push and manipulate, trying to make things happen, God will sometimes let you have your way — and you will have to learn His lessons the hard way. God is a gentleman. If you insist, He will back off and let you do things your way. Most of the time when we do that, though, we end up settling for second best.

Our prayer for you today

God our heavenly father we pray that, not our will, but Your will be done. May you open up the right doors and close the wrong doors. Help us to stay open to your direction, and follow your heart, God we acknowledge you in all our ways, that you will direct our paths. We Thank  you God because you know what’s best for us. we thank you heavenly father because you are always merciful and that you dont always give us our way. We pray this in the sacred name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.