When God Doesn't Come Through
We all know what a disappointment unfulfilled expectations can be. In the life of a Christian this disappointment may be more common then they would like. You see in the Christian life there are two wills at work, The will of the person and the will of God. Sadly for the person it is the will of God that wins most of the time. There are exceptions to every rule and sometimes God lets the persons will win out. A person has a free will and they are fully capable of disobeying God and sometimes he lets them get away with it. Other times God will answer prayers that are not in his will to teach a person something or just out of his mercy. Most of the time though, God's will is iron clad and unbreakable. No matter how hard a person tries to fight it, God does not give in. Many Christians will find themselves in predicaments that they don't want to be in. They may think it is cruel and want God to help them. It may be marriage troubles, financial troubles, stalkers, a sick child, etc.. The Christian will cry out to God in desperation, in hope that he will hear them and help them. He hears them perfectly, he knew this problem would occur before the world was formed. The question is, what is his will in this matter. The problem is, people have to live through the agony of their problems and they want God to make it stop. This is totally normal, no human wants to suffer, let alone suffer needlessly. We can not see God's plan for our lives and all we can see is the pain we are going through. Christians will petition God in prayer in hopes that he will come through. They feel God has a certain obligation to them, after all he is their father. So, they keep praying and praying waiting on God to come through. Then the unthinkable happens, they get a divorce, they loose their house, their child dies, they lose their job, etc.. This happens all the time and it makes people bitter. They can become angry with God and filled with resentment. They say "how could you God?" They see God as a cruel monster out to get them. Of course not all people react this way, but many do. I can't help but think of Job, when writing about this. It was a story in the Bible that I had a difficult time with. How could God do that to poor Job. After walking with the Lord for years, I now understand why God did what he did. That being said, Job handled it far better than I ever could.
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Job may not pertain exactly to what we are talking about, but he went through an experience that some Christians can relate t0o. When we are counting on God the most he may not come through. It all boils down to what is God's will for my life. All of this unanswered prayer and disappointment can bring a person to a place where they can serve God. At the very least they can have fellowship with him. The problem is that many people don't want anything to do with God when he doesn't come through for them. They say "God if you don't want to help me, why should I help you?" This again is a very human response, tit for tat, I believe it is called. This sadly is the wrong response to the matter. Fighting against Gods will never works out well and may set you up for further disappointments. Job's reaction to God taking what was "his", is not the typical response. When the Bible says Job was the most Godly man in the world, it was not lying. Most people would happily curse God on a mountain top.
When God doesn't come through, it is because he has something bigger planned for you. What seems like such catastrophe now is not as big of a deal 10 years later. Have you ever had something horrible happen that seemed like the end of the world only to look back on it years later and be grateful for it. Maybe it got you away from that girl you wanted to marry who would have been wrong for you. Maybe loosing that job allowed you to go back to school and get a way better one. The list goes on and on. There are also times when we can't look back and be grateful, like when an event had life shattering consequences. Ultimately God has a will for our lives and he sometimes has to use tragedies to get us where he wants us. Submitting to God needs to be our highest priority. We can either choose to obey him or disobey him. After a life of tragedy, I have learned to obey him. I am far from perfect and have my bad days, but I always try to get back on track with him. If God doesn't come through, know that he is working things out for your own good. What God wants from all of us is to ask him his will and then do it. Once a person is committed to the will of God then he will most likely bless their lives. The problem is submitting to someone other than ourselves. Obedience must be learned in order to have a happy Christian Life. God is not out to get anyone, he just wants them to live for his will and serve him.
I hope you enjoyed this article. If you are not a Christian, I invite you to get saved now. Tomorrow may be to late. To get saved all you have to do, is admit that you are a sinner and that Jesus Christ died for your sins. The only way to take away sins is with the pure shed blood of Jesus Christ. Good works can not take away sins. If they could, then Jesus Christ died in vain. Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the dead as payment for all sins. Once you believe that, you are saved forever. You did nothing to earn it and you can do nothing to lose it.
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.