You had faith. You held the promises. And yet you failed to receive the miracle. What went wrong?
Do you just chalk it up to “God works in mysterious ways”?
You shouldn’t. His ways have been revealed to us through His Word. Someone will point out that His ways are higher than ours, but when the Bible speaks like that it’s referring to His desire to show mercy to the wicked and unrighteous (see Isaiah 55:6-9). It means He gives grace when we wouldn’t! The “mysterious way” about God is that He blesses us even when we don’t deserve it.
“So why didn’t my prayer get answered?”
There may be a number of reasons. One reason could be because of unbelief. In our day and age, there’s lots of it around.
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“Did you hear what he said? He should be fired!” These days, one slip of the tongue is all it takes to set others in a rage. It’s become almost trendy to be offended. What’s worse is that it’s often about the wrong things. It’s proper to be offended by evil and immorality, but many […] Continue reading →
You have problems. I have problems. It’s just the way life is. With Jesus, however, there are reasons to rejoice. You have problems, but you have a good God. God is not the one sending misery and sadness into your life. God’s not putting crosses on you, requiring any extra payment for sin. Jesus has […] Continue reading →
Are you up against a wall? Nowhere to turn? At your wits end? It’s comforting to remember that God is not intimidated by the “impossible.” God brought water out of a rock (Exodus 17:6). He can bring life and refreshment out of your hard situation. He’s a redeemer, and He loves you. Your situation may […] Continue reading →
Even when everything is right in the Christian life, there’s still trouble to deal with in this world. The church in Philadelphia received only encouraging words from the Lord (Revelation 3:7-13), yet they had their troubles. Don’t mistakenly think that just because faith is all about the abundant life, that everything just clicks and works […] Continue reading →
Jesus is the answer. So what’s the question? I believe Paul asked the right question when the heavenly light shone and knocked him to the ground on the road to Damascus: “Who are you Lord?” (Acts 9:5). He learned who Jesus was, and it changed his life forever. When God shined the light of his knowledge […] Continue reading →
Psalm 97:5: The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD… Thankful to be home after an awesome trip to an area near the Vietnam border! On the way back, we were stranded when a part of the mountain fell onto the road. This was scary, because it looked like many other […] Continue reading →