When God answers yes to our prayers, it can become intoxicating.
If he seems to keep saying yes, and performs amazing miracles, we might claim that the positive outcome is due to the way we prayed.
When God answers no, we might assume God is punishing us, or that we don’t have enough faith or aren’t using the right ‘formula’ for success.
In his insightful book Sacred Pathways, Gary Thomas says this:
“To demand that God answer all our prayers with a yes is to ask for his omnipotence (power) without having the benefit of his omniscience (knowledge). Looking back, I’m thankful God said no to some of my prayers. The mystery of faith calls us to love and serve a God whom we can’t always understand…. Mystery is mystery. It has its exhilarating elements as well as its frustrating elements. We can’t expect one without the other.”
Sometimes we only want to serve a God who does what we want him to.
How do you handle it when God’s power doesn’t seem to show up?
When our circumstances feel desperate, or if we’re seeking an answer or solution that simply won’t come, we might blame and rage at God. We might reach the end of ourselves, fall on our knees before him – and still, he seems silent.
So many times I find myself saying: What are you doing here God?
And not in a quiet, patient voice.
But I’m grateful for the nos from God, the shut doors, and the suffering. Really, I am. I may not always like what he’s doing, but deep down, I trust him. I trust his omniscience – his knowledge. His mystery. And his plan. And I have faith that some day, he’ll pull all the threads of our lives together and reveal what he was doing all along.
Love in Christ,