A Faithful God with Loving Answers

This is a picture of a father holding a child at the end of a pier by a lake.

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Most of us desire good and Godly things for our lives and we should. God has promised them to us. “Delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart”  (Psalm 37:4).

Why is it that when we seek the things of God and believe that God will meet the desires of our hearts that nothing seems to happen. When the heavens seem to be made of brass and God does not hear us. Has he forgotten us?

There are two reasons, among others, why, when we pray, we don’t hear from God in answer to our requests:

First, there is never a prayer that God doesn’t answer. His answers are:  “Yes” and we see immediate results,  “Yes, but later” and we see ultimate results–on His timetable, or “My grace is sufficient” with His grace taking the place of the fulfillment of our prayer.

Like Paul, we are so focused on our immediate and pressing needs that we lose sight of what God is doing in us and become demanding of Him in what we feel He should do for us and with us. I didn’t meet God in His reality, in all that He is and all that He can do, until I turned to Him unconditionally with all my heart, and burned my bridges behind me. Inevitably, it is at the point of my greatest vulnerability, when my needs are the greatest, that He brings me to this point.

I don’t know what your bridges are but you do and He does. There is a sense that He says:  “If you will, I will, because I already have. I’m just waiting for you.”

The second reason why we don’t hear from God is that although we hope He hears us and will respond, we don’t expect Him to.

Built in our belief system is the fear that He really doesn’t love us and that He can’t or won’t care for us like He says or like He does for others. We don’t understand His Fatherhood nor have we really received Him as our Father.

To many of us the Heavenly Father is the remote figure of the Godhead. We see Him as the “God of the big stick.î We see Him as a threatening figure, not a loving and welcoming figure. It is possibly because of the relationship we had with our earthly fathers.

Remember your salvation was the Father’s idea because of His love for you. He loved you before the foundations of the world and even when you were ungodly. He has loved you with an everlasting love and demonstrated it through His Son.

Today, climb into the Father’s arms like a little child. Receive His Father’s love. Relax in Him and look into His loving face, crying “Abba, Father,”  “my Daddy, God.”

As we focus on Him and all that He is, in the wonder of it all, the joy of it all will begin to flow into our hearts. Now hope is sure and faith springs forth.

Confess your sonship unceasingly, saying:  “I am a son of God. I am His child. He cares for me.î (Romans 8:14, 17; I Peter 5:7).

Jeff

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