Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Jasper Speaks:

Can You Hear Me Now?

Let’s face it. Sometimes life is just hard. We live in a fallen world and sin complicates everything. Sometimes in the midst of our pain, we wonder if God is there. No matter how long a person has been a Christian, there are bound to be times when he or she wonders if God is listening at all.

Sometimes in life, we have expectations about how things should be. We pray and do so with great faith and fervor. But it seems that God doesn’t answer in the way we want. Sometimes we can get discouraged and feel like our prayers are completely being ignored. It can challenge us to the point of doubting who God is and if He really does have a plan for us.

Prayer is a funny thing. God listens but does not answer in our will. I know Prayer is about God changing us not us changing God. Even when we  have been praying for His will to be ours, it can seem like He isn’t at work.  The road to an exchange of wills is a long one. Surrender is never easy. I don't think a person is a bad Christian when he or she gets discouraged. Even Jesus got weary. Remember He said:

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ” Matthew 27:37-39
He even asked God to change His plan:

"Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine." - Luke 22:42

God did not change His plan. Even Jesus ended up suffering when He did not want to. Knowing that does not necessarily make your suffering easier. It does not explain it. Nevertheless, I pray that it gives you at least a little peace to know that you are far from alone.

At times like these in my life (and they have come many times) I try to focus on why Jesus came. He came so He could be the ransom for our sins but He came to earth to be one of us. He experienced all the trials and temptations that we do. He understands weariness. He understands grief. He understands pain.
My prayer is that you will find solace in the fact that you are praying to someone who understands what you are experiencing. He does care. He does know. The result you seek may not come quickly or at all but I promise, He hears. He knows best. Those are not just pat words to rub some salve on your wounds. Those are His true promises. His promise is not that we will always understand what He is doing but that all things will work together for our good. Some of those things we will see on Earth, others we will not understand to Heaven.

What I am certain of is this: God loves you. God does really have a plan. God is listening. I pray that even in the darkness you will be able to see His loving hand guiding you.