Monday, July 21, 2014

Things Unseen

I have a prayer journal. Some of my prayers in it seem like a lifetime of prayer has gone into them and I'm still waiting to see answers. And I'm not going to lie, I fight frustration and discouragement over God even listening? Why is it that I can pray, and pray, and pray some more and yet see nothing happen?

God and I were having this discussion on my walk this morning, and he whispered to my soul. (I appreciated the fact that he whispered in a loving tone rather than becoming frustrated back at me...he is such an awesome God. I want to be more like him!)

Ok...small digression there, but here's what my heart quietly heard him say:

"Is nothing really happening? Or can you just not see with your eyes what I am doing?" And he followed that with:

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

It's not like I don't know that verse. I know it very well. In fact, I have the confidence in what I hope for down pat. I know that I know that I know God can and will accomplish all he's promised. He's God. There is nothing he cannot do. I am beyond confident in that fact.

But that's what led me to my frustration. If I know he can do anything but nothing is happening, then he must not be listening, doesn't care, or...doesn't want to use me. (gulp) Right?

Wrong. See, it's the second half of that verse I need to work on. God is moving...alllll the time. He's working things we cannot even begin to see in preparation to bring us to the place we can see. He's putting people in places. He's stringing together events. He's arranging moments. We need to have assurance that beyond what's visible, God is still working our answers. We don't need to see his movement to believe he's still working. Oh, we want to (desperately at times) but our faith shouldn't be contingent on our eyes.

And that's what that verse is saying.

Do we believe always with a steadfast assurance? Even when the answer isn't immediately evident? Or does our faith rely solely on what God can tangibly deliver? 

For me I fall in the middle. There are times where my faith is red hot and then there are times like today where I question. I beg for him to show me his work. Yet I need to rest in his timing and allow the assurance of my faith to cradle my discouraged heart. Because that's when my faith grows. When that red hot burns bright. Above all, I want a faith that holds in all circumstances.

So I'll take the assurance that he is currently working beyond what I see, and I'll not only keep praying but begin praising. Because if I believe he's working those answers, then I'm going to take my faith a step farther and begin praising him for them before they are visible. 

And amen.

What about you? Do you ever struggle with this? Ready to start praising him for the answers before you even see them?


  1. Thank you for this Susan, I've been dealing allot with this. Another conviction for me, I've been getting a lot of those lately also.

    1. I call it God-nudges:) He doesn't want to leave us where we're at. Praying for you, friend:)

  2. Oh yes, quite the struggle :-) This is a great post, Susan. Thanks for your transparency. Love your title, which reminds me of these verses in a slightly different context (or is it?):

    "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worth for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
    2Corinthians 4:17-18

    Thanks for the encouragement to not give up, Susan. ~Joyce

    1. typo -- "worth" should be "worketh" (sorry)

    2. Beautiful! I love those verses too...thank you so for posting them today! They do go so well:)

  3. Hi Susan,
    I think we all have times of doubt, and that's when I need to dig deeper in God's word. Some days I got through my prayer journal with a high-lighter and write, "Thank You," to God over answered prayers. When I flip back through it's a story of his steadfast love.
    Thanks for sharing today!

    1. I love the idea of highlighting my thank-you's!! I write down when they're answered but never thought about that:)