One of millions of tapestries created throughout the millenia–beautiful!

Have you ever desperately prayed for or wanted something for a long time, or just wished that somehow things would change in your life for the better? But the answer seemed to take forever to come, or didn’t come at all or not in the way you expected? Well, I’m guessing that you’re right there with me on this one. Why is it that there seems to be such a delay? Where are you God? What is Your problem???? It’s a simple request. Surely, since you supposedly can move Heaven and Earth for other people, you can do the same for me! All I want is _________________!!!! Why is it so hard to give me what I want and am asking You for? Am I not good enough or smart enough to handle it?

From our perspective, our request just seems so logical and easy a task for God to perform…He is all powerful, all knowing, everywhere at once, isn’t He? So??? What’s the hang up?

Well, from past experience I can surmise that we are the hang up.

One of the main reasons I have such confidence in God is because He doesn’t bow to my demands in prayer, which often come out of pure childishness (the stomp-my-feet-if-I-don’t-get-what-I-want kind of childishness). He doesn’t answer when I’m in panic mode out of fear, He doesn’t even answer when I’m ever so sure I need whatever I’m asking for, or that it would be really cool if He worked out the scenario the way I think it should be handled. He answers only after He takes the entire context of the situation into account and the answer will benefit everyone involved. He answers when everthing we try in the natural fails, to show us that He knows more and better than we do and that He’s in control here..not us. He answers in the fulness of time, just as He brought Jesus to earth as a baby. When the time in right….on His time table, not ours. And, He answers, usually, in a manner that we didn’t even consider, but makes so much sense when we take the time to look back on it.

Because He is all knowing, all wise, everywhere at once, and all powerful, He knows more than we do and sees the end from the beginning. It’s sort of like us looking up from underneath a loom in a rug maker’s shop at a tapestry in progress: a myriad of different colored strings and messy stitches, irregular, no pattern at all. But, from His perspective, from the top, He sees a gorgeous rug that is sheer perfection, beautiful, useful, a treasure to behold, and everything is in its’ place.

Like the underside of that tapestry, our world is a big jumble of lives that seem out of control and meaningless, rushing here and there, frantic for the meaning of life but looking in all the wrong places. But, for those of us who know Jesus as Savior and Lord, and for those who would like to know Him, we can be confident that God has everything under control. He has given His Word to us which encompasses His will for all mankind, the Bible, to lead and guide us through the chaos in which we live. He’s given us many thousands of promises on which to anchor our souls.

If you have been disappointed with your life, or with the answers to prayer that didn’t happen like you thought they should, don’t abandon your confidence in God. He has something better and more fulfilling for you, and if you’ll stay the course, you will receive that bigger and better sooner than you think. He loves you more than you will ever know, at least on this earth, and wants you to have the very best, in abundance. He is not interested in letting you settle for second best, especially when, if you will remain true and faithful to Him and obedient to His Word, the best is just around the corner!

Don’t give up, don’t give in, don’t look back as if back there was better. God’s on the move and He wants you to go with Him, but you must trust that He is able to take care of everything that concerns you. You may not get everything you want when you want it, but He promised you will never lack for anything.

1John 5:14, 15 in the Amplified Version of the Bible says:

And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to {and} hears us.  and if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.

Have confidence in God!