No where in the Bible does God promise to answer all of our prayers in a way that makes life comfortable. In fact, he warns us that we will face trials and tribulation on Earth. Yet, everyday there are people raising their fists AT God and blaming him when they don’t get what they want. I’ll admit it, I’ve been there.
I have prayed, yet I have shed tears.
I have prayed, yet I have said goodbye.
I have prayed, yet I have choked back suffocating pain.
I have prayed, yet I was forced to walk though torment.
I have prayed, and cried tears of renewal and joy.
I have prayed, and humbly rejoiced at tragedy avoided.
I have prayed, and lifted my hands high in praise and thanksgiving over hearing the voice of God.
Through it all, I have prayed.
I still want someone to blame. Who do we blame when we lose a loved one, when healing doesn’t come, when we are passed over for a job, when we don’t get the fairytale happily ever after complete with a house and kids? We blame the brokenness of the world because this is not our home.
In the moment when the answer is “no” or “not yet” I will surrender to the Lord and lean into his comfort. Our pain is his pain and pain is not what he envisioned for his children, us.
There are times when I want to run to the Lord like a genie in a lamp, but there is no magical answer that can satisfy me in that moment and draw me close to him. Even if he were to say yes, I would turn and go back to walking without him once my wish was granted.
As I continue to pray through the unknowns of life I want to feel his presence and tap into the true power of the Lord. A genie can’t bring hope to the hurting, peace to those in pain, or joy through sadness, only the Lord can do that. A genie can’t celebrate with the exhale of answered prayers. A genie can’t be praised when things fall into place. Nope, only the Lord can fill all those roles.
Just remember God isn’t a genie, he is genuine and he is pursuing you and I to provide for us in ways we never imagined.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18