This ain't always easy. Being a Christian. Trusting in God. Having faith... sometimes it just isn't easy. In fact, I've found that once I upped the ante of my servitude to Christ, the ante of my difficulties rose as well.
Such is the walk with Christ. Most people have the same testimony. Christ said we would have trouble (John 16:33). Also, if we look at biblical examples, we see that no one was exempt from hardships, neither saints nor sinners.
Yet knowing that there will be trouble, doesn't necessarily make troubles easier to deal with. If Mike Tyson told you he was about to punch you, I don't care how much you try to brace yourself, when he punches you, it's going to hurt... terribly. And it may hurt way worse than you expected. So, when life hits us, even though we know it's bound to happen, it still hurts.
And when we have a Father in heaven, who promises to never leave us, yet we are left hurting, it can become disheartening. "How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?" is what David asked in Psalm 13:1. God anointed David to be king, yet David was running for his life from King Saul. He prayed constantly that God would save him.
It's estimated that David became king 15 years after God anointed him for the position. 15 years. Can you imagine how tired David became of running? I wonder if there were times if he thought God changed his mind on his promised position. Nothing about his ascension to king was easy.
But God never forgot about David. It was just a matter of time before he was relieved. Same with Joesph. Imagine having a God-given dream confirming your destiny to only be met with slavery.
Then when Joesph finally thought he had a way out of imprisonment by showcasing his dream interpreting abilities, he was forgotten while his prison mate was freed. Imagine his disappointment. He was 17 when he had the dream but 30 before, he became a leader in Egypt. That's 13 years of slavery and imprisonment. Surely, Joesph had his moments of thinking God forgot about him.
How does this apply to you today? What have you been waiting for? Praying for? Does it feel like God has forgotten? Or that He doesn't hear you? If you've been praying for something for 10+ years, at some point, you may think you're beating a dead horse, right?
But what if you stop praying in year 11, and God has your relief scheduled in year 12? No, it's not easy to keep petitioning God for relief for the same thing. But if there's any consolation, I believe it can be found here:
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
(Luke 11:6-7 NIV)
There's not a sparrow in the sky that God has forgotten about. So, do you think there's a prayer you've sent to Him that He's forgotten about? You and your prayers are worth more to God than a bird.
God hears you. God sees you. You are not forgotten.
I can't tell you how long it'll be. Even with my writing this article, I can't pretend that if I had to wait 13, 15, 20, or 25 years that I'd be a happy camper. On the contrary, I'm sure I'd be wailing "How long, God?" just like David. We all want our petitions answered sooner rather than later.
But God's will be done. We can't change that. Either we are going to continue to wait and pray, or we are going to neglect our hope and expect nothing. My dear reader, I opt to wait and pray. Because simply put, feeling forgotten is not the same as being forgotten. Besides, where else am I going to go? No, other help I know.
That's all I have for you today you guys. I pray this blessed you. Have a joyous week in knowing that neither you nor your prayers are forgotten! 'Til next time, take care.
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