“The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in His justice and great righteousness, He does not oppress.” Job 37:23
There are times I feel as if my prayers can’t even penetrate the ceiling of my room, much less, to the Almighty God. Recently I have prayed a prayer and everything I have seen seems to indicate things are going in the opposite direction.
Job felt the same when he prayed for God to hear him in the midst of his suffering. Left alone, with nothing but illness and pain, his friends gave advice which was far from the truth of God, but Job lived in a different time. His words are of a God he had only heard about.
We live in a time when we have Jesus, who lived as a man and understands all our struggles. I am blessed that in almost four decades of trusting Him, I have seen God work many times in answer to prayer. The timing has more often been His than mine. It hasn’t always been in the way I expected, but often in ways that were as far from what I imagined as they could be. Looking back over my life and walk with Jesus, I can see the answers. We have the privilege of living in a time when the written word of God is easily available and the words can be read, prayed and hoped in over and over again.
The most cherished prayer of my heart does not show signs of being answered soon, though I continue to pray it over and over again. However, I am blessed to know, through both God’s word and my own experience that He is within reach even when I don’t feel like it. He does act in justice and His ways are always righteous. His word shows that the things which break my heart also break His.
Do not be discouraged when the answers to prayers are delayed or even when things seem to be going in the opposite direction. God is powerful beyond what we can see or even imagine, but He hears each prayer. He knows the desire of my heart and yours.
Choose today to trust Him for that thing which seems most out of your reach, least likely to take place. Then wait patiently for His answer and see what He will do.
Copyright by Norma Gail Thurston-Holtman & 2MefromHim Ministries, 2011. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission of author.