When we wait upon God, we can wait our entire lives, or weeks turn into months, as with Joseph, he waited 13 years without hearing from God!! But Joseph never ceased to wait upon the Lord, to keep the faith, to keep praying and believing. Would we be so patient?
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We will never know why life happens a certain way, but you can be sure – your heavenly Father has His hands all over it. He is with you during your darkest days, pain, anguish, heartache.
The Lord’s Prayer is continually my go-to when I’m suffering; primarily because it’s the only one I can completely remember (thank you Sunday school!), because it hits all the points when we feel lonely, disappointed, hurt, frustrated.
The lessons have been hard for me; many include countless questions about “why” and the infamous: “when.” When Lord, when will my pain let up? Why do I continue to have pain? I believe that God dislikes this kind of questioning; he is omnipresent after all, He is the ONE. He is the way, the truth and the life. We live for him, not the other way around. God isn’t a wishing machine. We put a quarter in, make a wish and *bam*, it’s been taken care of. Sometimes positively; it seems to work that way, but our faith is greatly tested when we are in a valley for many weeks, months or years. Perhaps the years of waiting are a test — does our faith crumble and we shake our fists at God because we STILL HAVE THE PAIN? Or do we endure and bear the pain, standing firm on our foundation of faith?
I pray the latter for me, and for you.
Keeping the faith is not a darling little quote, it’s real. It’s how we get through the trials in our life.
To this end; God is faithful to us; it’s literally a two-way street. As we heal from the difficult situation, hurt and pain, this becomes part of our testimony and our stronghold in faith. “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
“‘Good work,’ his master said. ‘You are a good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over this small amount, so now I will give you much more.’
“If I can?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if you have faith.”
So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have real peace with him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, he remains faithful to us and will help us, for he cannot disown us who are part of himself, and he will always carry out his promises to us.