Unlimited: Thank God He Doesn’t Always Answer Your Prayers with a “Yes”
Aug 13, 2018 1512
The very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows (Luke 12:7, NIV).
It is because of this wonderful truth about God’s love, perpetual care, and supervision, that the Bible is so full of hope and good cheer.
He who notices our every trouble and who numbers the hairs of our head, only allows events to happen for which we shall praise him in eternity. If we could see all things as God sees them, we would choose as he chooses.
Belief in God’s providence does not mean that God always answers our prayers affirmatively. He answers all our prayers, but he answers some of them negatively, and for the very best reasons.
Consider 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. Paul’s request was repeatedly answered with a ‘no’ from heaven. However, he was assured that God’s grace was sufficient for him.
Charles Spurgeon confesses that he laughed when he thought about that text. He pictured a little mouse in the granaries of Egypt, after Joseph had gathered the grain into them for seven years. He imagined that the sacks of grain were saying to the mouse: “Don’t be afraid, little mouse, our grain is enough for you.’ Then Spurgeon imagined a man standing on the edge of the world, about to breathe in, wondering whether he would exhaust the atmosphere, yet hearing the wind say: “Fear not, the atmosphere is enough for you.” – Des Ford
Eli’s Reflection: Think about something terrible that has happened in your life. Then consider the statement, “If we could see all things as God sees them, we would choose as he chooses.” As challenging as it is, can you have faith that this is true?