No matter what our circumstances are, our God is bigger. No matter how bad things look, God can turn around any situation. When we pray for people who don’t seem like they will change, we need to remember that God is actively at work as a result of our prayers. They still have the freedom to respond to God’s nudges or not. He invites the person every day to do the right thing. Sometimes our prayers are making them miserable, even as they keep clinging to their destructive patterns.
After we pray, we wait. While waiting, we have an important choice to make. Are we going to wait expectantly, or are we going to wait suspiciously wondering if God will do anything or not. Do we believe God has heard our prayers and is actively working on the situation? Do we believe God is who He says He is and can be depended on? Depending on our answer, we either walk in confidence with God or fretful and uncertain of everything around us.
The Patriarchs in the Bible waited patiently for the Lord. David had to wait for God to make David king, while being hunted by King Saul. David got anointed years before the promise was fulfilled. Abraham had to wait as he and his wife aged past child bearing years for the promised baby to arrive.
If we can wait expecting to see God’s goodness at the best possible time, by God’s standards, then we develop hope. Faith believes it will happen one day in the distant future. If it feels like God doesn’t care, and we won’t see something in our lifetime, then it can lead to discouragement and bitterness.
If we believe that God is at work on our issues even if we can’t see the changes, we walk with a different hope. I’ve wondered if this is how David directed his thoughts when he “strengthened himself up the Lord.” The whole verse is found in 1 Samuel 30:6 “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”
To see Part 1, go to Determining to Believe God is at Work – Part 1
To see Part 3, go to Determining to Believe God is at Work – Part 3