Knowing God’s will…knowing when to pray for what you want…
God has been gracious- more so than usual. My family’s storm has been stilled by His mighty hand.
You may not know it, but I’ve been blogging for years about a particular struggle in my family. Finally, a positive medical report has been delivered. Only God can do what was done. Only God could have caused organ’s that had ceased from working to function as they should. Only God could cause one of the leading medical professionals in the city to actually eat his own words. Only God.
Many are surprised. Although, they meant well, several people told me the situation was God’s will and the medical death report was something I had to accept. But, God helped me to have more faith in His promises than I did medical prognosis or the faithless words of well meaning friends. It wasn’t me, but the matchless power of God’s word. When we believe God’s word, earthly destinies an be altered, family cycles can be stopped and legacies can be changed…and people can experience new hope.
You see, I understand God’s will. I understand it quite well. When I buried the majority of my family before I turned 26, I learned to accept God’s will. I also learned to study God’s word and learn how He moves in the earth. This is so important because, then you will learn His ways and not put all your faith in the reports of men.
Hey, I know that some elements of life cannot and should not be changed. It’s not for me to decide which are which, that God’s job, but, His word told me I could make my request known and leave all the details to Him. His sovereign will shall always rule, but I’m so grateful I can express to Him what I would like to see occur (Phil.4:6)
For example, what if Moses hadn’t interceded for the children of Israel in Exodus 32? After they acted foolish, God has decided to destroy them. What if Moses had passively said “I guess we must accept God’s will…”. Then so many of the victories of the old testament would not have not been told. But He didn’t, instead Moses (in verses 11-14) asked God for a different outcome.
Amazingly, God the Creator of the universe, the Master of all, changed His mind( in verse 14) to show us that He hears us, cares about our desires and is endlessly merciful! Isn’t that awesome? What if the woman with the issue of blood hadn’t tried to reach out to Jesus? What if she had just said “maybe, it’s God’s will I be sick”? What if Paul had accepted the scales on His eyes and said “maybe it’s God’s will”… In spite of God saying the opposite!
So, never forget, God cares not only about your salvation in eternity, but also your comfort on earth. Now, know this: He will not always grant you what you want. Sometimes, you don’t know what you want, other times,what you want will cause damage to you and His plan for your life. He is the Decider not you. In such cases, you just trust Him. Amen?
P.S. thank you for your emails, prayers and words of encouragement.