The Thorn Given to Me - Part 3

Part 3 – God Answers

ANSWERS… we all want answers about today and our future. Will this storm ever pass? Will the dark clouds blow away? Is God ever going to answer my prayers? Why has He left me here battle broken and beaten? Our devotional in Part 2 of this series closed with God gives answers to the storms in our life in one of three ways. These answers are: Yes, No or Not Yet! We all want the “Yes” answers, but how we respond to the “No” answers and the “Not Yet” answers says a lot about our relationship with God. If God always answered with “yes” then why would Jesus say “…People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4. It is like that with our own children, if you keep giving them everything they want, they soon expect to receive it all and their thankfulness fades away. We too can develop an impatient attitude, an intolerance for waiting, a numbness to God’s word and potentially a harden heart. God calls us to “Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18. Being thankful in all circumstances…now that is hard to do. However, I’ve come to understand that God may be using my circumstances for a greater purpose, a purpose that I cannot understand or even see from earthly eyes. I need to be asking God, what is it you want me to see, what is it I’m supposed to be learning through this circumstance. God I trust you and I pray for patience. If you believe God is sovereign and in control of all things, than you must believe that God allows us to get into storms. He doesn’t want to lead us around the storms. He wants to lead us through them. 

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
— Jeremiah 29:11