Jeremiah 31: 16-17
"Thus says the Lord, "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, " declares the Lord, "and they will return from the land of the enemy. There is hope for your future," declares the Lord.
Sometimes , no matter how hard we pray or how long we stand in faith, things don't turn out as we had hoped. Some of you out there are praying for your marriages, others are asking that your present girlfriend/boyfriend, become more spiritually in tuned and pick you over other inner demons. I encourage you to persevere, to continue praying and believing for good things to happen. But we all must realize God's will may not be aligned with our wants at the moment.
The other day my son approached me frustrated. "I don't get it Mom, I've been praying and praying that this new relationships takes off, but God isn't working on it."
"Why do you need this relationship so badly?" I asked.
"Because I'm lonely and nothings seems to be working out when I meet women," he replied.
"So are you asking God to find someone to fill your void? Or, are you asking specifically each time you meets someone that they be the ONE?" I answered.
"It doesn't matter, Mom, nothing works anyway," he moaned.
I explained further that God does NOT change another person's will. He has given every human freedom to choose which way he or she will go, whether they do right or wrong in the process. When God allows one door to close, he will open another door to you, revealing something bigger and better. The Bible says that God will take the evil the enemy brings into our lives, and if we'll keep the right attitude, he'll turn around and use if for our good. He wants to take those disappointments and turn them into re appointments. But understand, whether you will experience all those good things in your future depends to a large extent on your willingness to let go of the past.
"So how many doors do I need to open?" he retorted sarcastically.
"That I can not answer," I replied. "But I can tell you if you put it all in God's hands and pray for someone right for you, it will happen."
The Bible has many stories of extreme disappointment. One such is the prophet Samuel. He suffered a terrible disappointment in his relationship with the first king of Israel, a man named Saul. As young man, Saul was humble and shy. Then God picked Samuel out of a crowd and declared him help the new king of Israel. Samuel did his best to help Saul be a king who was pleasing unto God.
Unfortunately, Saul refused to live in obedience to God, and God eventually rejected him as king. Imagine Samuel's misfortune. He invested a lot of time, effort, emotion, and energy into this relationship with Saul. But for some reason things got off course and Samuel must have felt robbed.
Samuel was heartbroken. But God spoke to him, "Samuel how long are you going to mourn over Saul? (Samuel 16:1). "Fill up your horn with oil and be on your way. I'm sending you to the house of Jesse, for I have chosen one of his sons to be a new king." God didn't waste anytime consoling Samuel, he simply had a plan already in the making.
This is the problem with excessive mourning. When we focus on our disappointments, we stop God from bringing fresh new blessings into our lives. Are your presently focusing in the wrong direction? Are you expecting God to change the will of another human being? God has a new plan for you. Trust me, it is bigger and better than the one your pining over right now.
This Week's Meditation:
Let me recognize my problems have been solved.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. If you are especially upset state:
Let me recognize this problem has been solved.
Remind yourself of healing each moment. God has you in his arms always.