The verse of the day is 2 Corinthians 5:7. “We live by faith, not by sight.”
Have you ever prayed long and hard for something and not seen what you consider an answer? Maybe you are praying about a decision that you need to make, a loved one who needs to come to Jesus, or a relationship that has gone bad. When praying for difficult things we look and look for God’s answer. When it seems that nothing tangible has changed in our situation it is easy to start thinking that God hasn’t heard us, doesn’t care, or maybe we are just asking for the wrong thing. It is tempting to give up and only pray for “easy” things. This is not what God wants from us.
God desires us to trust Him and continue to have faith even when things seem grim. It is easy to have faith when we see answers, but how strong is your faith when you can’t see any change? Faith believes that God is working even when we can’t see what is happening. Some answers do not come immediately, but are a process especially when it comes to working in people’s hearts.
This is the way it is with our trust in God. Faith believes that God is working in answer to our prayers even when we can’t see anything yet. In the soil of hidden lives and circumstances He is causing a sprout to grow. Though it may take many years for us to see any fruit, under the surface the seed is germinating and will eventually blossom. Though His answers may not always be exactly what we thought they would be, we can trust that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts.
Do you believe God hears your prayers only when you experience immediate answers? Or do you live with a faith that knows God is working even when you can’t see? I still don’t see many sprouts in the garden, but I know that in a few weeks the outcome of our faith will break through the soil and we will reap a harvest. I can’t wait!