You pray every day for God to help you and to mend the situation at hand. Yet it doesn’t happen. It can feel like God has abandoned you. Some might even curse that God isn’t fixing “your problem” but fixing everyone else’s.
We have all had situations like these. Some of you may even be going through a similar set of circumstances right now as you read this. It feels hopeless, doesn’t it? Like God is ignoring you. But he isn’t. God is always working to help his children. It may not be as quickly as we want it to be, but he is. You must remember, that God doesn’t experience time like we do.
2 Peter 3:8
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”
We, as a society, are spoiled in today’s day and age. With the latest technology and fads flying off the assembly line at a mile a minute; we are so used to having instant gratification. We get everything so quickly now, that we forget that fixing a life problem takes time. We expect God to jump up and fix everything the very moment we drop to our knees and pray for help. God doesn’t work like that. God works in ways that are feeble little human minds can’t even begin to comprehend.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
“…But when God? When are you going to fix this mess?” I have heard this asked many times before. I have even asked it myself on several occasions. The Bible gives us the answer in the book of ACTS.
“He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”
Now here is the “tough love” aspect of the situation. What are you doing to help God resolve the matter?
The old saying, “God helps those who help themselves” comes into play here. The Bible doesn’t say this, truth be told, but I feel that it is a very valid point. You can’t just sit idly by and expect God to do all the work. First off, that’s lazy. You can pray for God to give you a new job, but if you aren’t actively looking for one, I doubt God is going to send potential employers knocking on your door.
I am reminded of the Book of Matthew and the Parable of the Three Servants. Each getting different amounts of money from their master. Two of the servants went out and invested and made more money while the last servant buried his money as to protect it out of fear of reprisal from his master. Call it laziness, call it fear, but the “not doing anything” aspect came back to bite him.
MATTHEW 25: 26-30
26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate,27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’
28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
God has not abandoned you. God doesn’t want to see you fail. He wants what’s best for you, and sometimes, most of the time, you need to get up and help God instead of letting him do all the work.