Life can be difficult to understand at times, even for those who are believers of Christ. I think this is the case because so much of our belief system is centered on faith~believing the impossible to be possible without any evidence present~what an amazing feat it is to truly believe! I think we all waver at times, but for some it is more difficult to keep believing when you feel as if you’ve done everything you can and yet the circumstances seem to be worse than when you started.
When someone you care about is struggling to believe God still cares, still hears them, and is still in the blessing business; it can be tough explaining that while the situation may look bleak, God is still the same God who loved us SO much He sent His only son to die for us. Or it could be that we should not be doing anything other than sitting still. I am a firm believer that if something is within God’s will, we need but take a single, simple step and big things will happen. Conversely, if we are taking gigantic leaps and bounds, only to hit several brick walls, perhaps this is not what God will have us to do.
But how do you convince a person to do nothing when they are doing what they believe to be right? The toughest lesson to accept is that our actions may not be granting us the results we would like because we are living out consequences of prior decisions. God is forgiving, merciful, and full of grace, however when we act against His commands, we WILL have to face the consequences. The most scary is knowing that even if the consequences are not seen in our lifetime, it can be passed down through our generations.
So with all of that, what is the reason to keep believing God has your back? I can’t speak for others, but when I am analyzing and looking for logic in illogical situations, I keep believing simply because God told me He wouldn’t leave or forsake me. He said He has plans for me, plans to see me prosper and do well. I also understand that during my trials, if I continue to praise Him, I can go through and come out better than before. This has been the story of my life. Many think I have it easy, but the truth of the matter is that when times are most tough, I encourage others more than ever, I smile more, I speak more positive thoughts, I give glory to God. This overcompensation has kept me sane and kept God’s magnificence in the front seat of my life, ultimately making things appear to be perfect. I become so positive it is sickening even to me but I can’t stop. I can’t doubt. I can’t waver. All because I know what God says is true.
But again that’s me and I struggle with explaining my stance to those who are going through the fire. It bothers me that I can’t make it better (even though I know it’s not my job to), however I wish I had the right combinations of words to say to comfort those I care about when they are going through hard times.
So how does one explain to someone that praying about a situation doesn’t mean you’ll get the answer that you want when you want it? How do you explain that a non-answer to your prayers doesn’t mean that God doesn’t care nor does it mean He is unaware?