Life seems unfair at times. You do the right thing, and it still doesn’t go your way. It happens to all of us, too many times for many of us.
What do you do? Get mad, give up, or reach down with determination and say to yourself, “I won’t quit.” Do you give up? There must be a way to accomplish this by the grace of God.
Then it’s you and God, no one else. It seems very lonely sometimes when you put yourself out there. No encouragement, maybe. Possibly you have quit sharing your dream, desire, or determination with friends and family. You may have even stopped praying about it for a while. But, the desire reappears in your heart. You can’t let go; you keep your hand on the plow (Luke 9:62). You keep plugging away. It seems like each thing you try is a dead end. Somehow, you keep going, eliminating one more wrong solution. It may seem like there are no more thoughts on how to accomplish your dream. Slowly, another one comes to mind. You say in your heart, “do I try this one?” You do it again. It is not the solution. Then you try again and again.
It seems out of the blue the answer comes. It may be your idea or from someone in your past. Maybe a new person in your life. Whatever or whoever the thought comes from may be the God-sent solution. The problem solver. It’s all of God. The answer, but especially the timing. All your efforts were not fruitless. God wanted to see your gut, heart, and pure reliance upon him.
See, God knows what is best and when is best. We do not. That’s hard for us to accept sometimes. Extremely hard, but faithfulness and trust in the Almighty are never wrong. He is always looking out for us, even when we do not know it or understand His ways.
It is in these circumstances that bring our focus on Him and not on our efforts. We don’t understand this principle, but God wants the glory. He wants you and me to do the best we can. I know our puny efforts seem insignificant. But He sees our sincerity and love for Him in our actions. That’s important to Him.
So, don’t give up even if your desires did not come to be. Your request was not for you, and that is best for you.
We may think, finally, when He comes through and answers our prayer. We need to thank Him, not once but multiple times, even years later. God is good, loving us regardless of life’s dealings with us.
Through persistence, God answers your prayer, like the widow before the unjust judge in Luke 18:18. God is revealing to you He is in control even when our human eyes can’t see it.
God does reign Supreme even when we do not know it or see Him working.