Many of you have been waiting for a long time for something, anything to happen to change your circumstances. You have begged and pleaded with God to move and give you hope. You are not alone in this, we all need hope.
We all need to hear that God answers prayer, and we sometimes need to be reminded that He is faithful. Our experiences are important on the human plane, and while they never supersede the Word of God, the movement of God in the lives of His people is a tremendous encouragement to each of us who in the midst of the storm.
What about when God moves in an unexpected way and it takes you down a whole different path than the one you hoped for. I have been there myself. Does this mean God made a mistake? By no means!
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB)
We need reminders from time to time that God knows what He is doing, even when it all looks muddy. I want to encourage you to have a heart of faith that is focused on trusting Him for the results of a given situation, even though it may look hopeless. I want to remind you of who God is especially when He answers prayer in a most unexpected way!
Jerry Bridges says this in Trusting God:
"If there is a single event in all of the universe that can occur outside of God’s sovereign control, then we cannot trust Him. His love may be infinite, but if His power is limited and His purpose can be thwarted, we cannot trust Him."
Faith and trust go hand in hand. When it comes down to it, we either believe God is sovereign or we don't. We believe He is in control of the uncontrollable or we don't. We believe He is all powerful, or we don't.
God does not move according to our time table and He is only accountable to Himself for His actions. He does not owe us and is not beholden to us. When God moves in most unexpected ways it is important that we remember we are the servants of the Most High God, not the other way around.
Good reminders for a new week, there will be plenty of challenges ahead!