If you’ve never been there, then you’re never going to really understand what is at stake in their life; so why not just pray for them and leave it at that?
Why not just hold back that comment and observe instead?
They may not be as complacent as you think.
They may be spending sleepless nights over it.
They may be in the middle of a fast because of it.
They might have begged God a hundred times to take that thing away.
Perhaps they’ve got their lessons to learn;
Perhaps it’s a thorn in their flesh they have to live with;
Perhaps their faith is being tried;
Perhaps….God alone knows why.
Do not put that label on them;
Do not make that conclusion you are about to make;
Do not judge, categorize and condemn.
Rather, ask from God the wisdom and discernment to see beyond the physical,
Then you may begin to understand what they are having to endure.
Do you know that many of us do not know what to do with God’s love? It is so great, so overwhelming that we cry out like peter, “depart from me Lord, I am a sinner (Luke 5:8)” because we do not feel worthy of it. It pushes us to want to do something to pay God back for such great grace and favour we have received.
Calm down beloved of the Lord. You Father’s love is not for sale. There is nothing in the world that is precious enough to buy an ounce of that love. You do not need to be prettier, richer or more pious to deserve it. While you were yet dead in sin, he loved you the same (Romans 5:8). What more of now that you have accepted to be a member of His household? Will He not shower even more of it? God is love, He cannot help it and all you need to do is accept it and learn to love Him in return.
IT CAN’T BE PETER
(Too good to be true)
The events in Acts chapter 12 about Peter’s imprisonment and release are quite telling about our attitude to prayer and receiving answers to our prayers. Is it possible to pray fervently for something and when the answer stands at your door, you fail to recognise it? It seems so, as can be seen from Peter’s story.
Herod got Peter imprisoned. The church interceded fervently with sweat and tears for his release. Now, one evening, while they yet prayed, a servant girl answered the door and came with the news that Peter is standing at the door. She did not immediately open the door, the first sign of unbelief. She probably needed someone to confirm to her that the answer to her prayer was staring at her in the face, waiting to be taken in. Now, she is just a servant, perhaps not versed in the ways of God. What about the church itself? They conclude that Rhoda must be beside herself. They simply refuse to believe that somehow, God has answered their prayer. It just can’t be Peter. So what on earth have they been expecting from God, that he should say no? Why bother to pray if you do not think God is going to answer your prayer? If Rhoda, the bearer of the good news looked too stupid to be believed, it is because these prayer warriors had a preconceived idea as to how God was going to answer their prayer.
Beloved, the ways of God are so much higher than ours. While you pray, bear it in mind that the answer can come in any form and from any quarters. From this story it is obvious that sometimes, for one reason or the other we fail to recognise the baby we have with so much effort pushed out of the birth canal. God’s blessings do come in packages we do not recognise and all we need to know is that our God is so immense and full of variety. We must never tie him down to the level of our limited minds.