Revelation 7; Nehemiah 9:38-10:39; Psalm 102
One thing that almost everyone who is going through a difficult time will do is pray. You have probably heard the old saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. In those times our prayers are usually direct, short, and have one outcome in mind. Because such prayers are so specific, it sometimes seems as if God isn’t really responding when we pray like that.
The psalmist dealt with those same feelings. “Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.” (Psalm 102:1-2) As I read that, there is almost an ultimatum in the prayer: “…answer me quickly…ore else.”
Obviously, it’s never stated that way, but there are many who make these prayers, uttered in difficult times, the standard by which they test God. “If God answers AND He answers in the way I expect Him to, I will believe; if He doesn’t answer at all or if He doesn’t answer the right way, I’m going to forget about God and live my life the way I want.”
If you really think about it, most of the time we are in distress, it was our own faulty decision making that put us there. If that’s true, isn’t it a little bit foolish to demand that God do things our way, instead of asking that He work things out and reveal His plan to us. Difficult times will come. When they do, let’s trust God to work things out in the way that He deems best as we pray.
Lord, too often I’m so sure of how things should work out that I don’t trust You to take care of issues in the best way. Remind me to trust You each day as I deal with the issues of life.