Why do You hide Your face from me?
It is easy to trust and praise God when he’s in the process of blessing you. It isn’t as easy when you feel like your prayers have gone unanswered.
Here is where I go all country music on you. Most of you have heard the Garth Brooks lyric “sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers.” Which is a good reminder to us that God has a bigger plan than you or I and sometimes he sees what we don’t see in the road ahead. Another song by Rascal Flatts says “God blessed the broken road, that led me straight to you.” As someone who was single a little longer than I had hoped, I can look back on those days and relate to that song.
With that said, catchy country songs can only take you so far. Don’t get me wrong, perspective is key. Some of us tend to over-inflate our troubles and exaggerate our plight due to lack of perspective. Still, it is hard when you want something very badly and get no answer from God one way or the other. What then? How do you reconcile God’s love with his lack of blessings?
I think that is one of those times when God is teaching patience. I always hated being told that when I was going through it, but I think it is true looking back. God works on you during those times. He refines you and matures you. The key is to have the right mindset. To illustrate, I’ll cherry-pick a few verses from this blog post about trusting God.
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at thethreshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. – Psalm 84:10
David had the right attitude. He was content with the lot that the Lord gave him because it came from the Lord. He was certainly blessed later on in life.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time. – 1 Peter 5:6
Love that verse. When we find humility, we understand that everything we have is a gift from God and we don’t necessarily “deserve” anything. So who are we to demand anything from God? Which, in reality, is what you are doing if you are impatient with God’s lack of answer. He is God and he hands out his blessings as he sees fit, and that’s truly what is best for everyone involved. We are not God, therefore we cannot know what is best for us.
However, if you are patient and humble and honoring of God, then you will find that he usually will “exalt you at the proper time.” And even if he doesn’t here on Earth, you will see your rewards piled up in Heaven. So take heart when God is silent. He hears you and he has not left you. He is just waiting for the right time to bless you.