What do you do when God doesn’t show up in your situation? How did you feel being sure about God’s leading one minute only to realise it didn’t work out?
There was a season in my life when I felt God didn’t show up for me the way I expected him to. God had led me to apply for a program and when I grew anxious, I went to him in prayer.
He affirmed what he’d said before. So I kept following his leading, waiting and watching. I’d done what he asked me to.
I followed his leading and put all my eggs in his basket. When the people around me suggested I have an option B, I stuck with God’s will, believing him to come through for me.
And just when I expected God to show up for me and also prove to others that my purpose for sticking with him wasn’t in vain, I was disappointed.
My application got rejected and I was told not to bother trying again. Because I didn’t qualify.
For a while I didn’t understand what was happening.
What was God trying to do? If I knew I was going to get a response like that, I wouldn’t even bother in the first place.
If God knew I wasn’t eligible for the program, why let me spend money and time and focus on one thing alone?
Or was I confused when I heard God? I’d gone back to prayer more than once so somewhere deep inside, I felt assured.
He even confirmed this same word through someone else.
In my learning of God, there are two things I am rest assured about. God is constant, and he never changes.
So what could have gone wrong? And how can we control our emotions when God does not show up for us the way we expected him to?
We may not see it, but God is working behind the scenes
You see, God may have shown us something. He might have led us through some places in life. But just because we didn’t see the physical manifestation doesn’t mean he wasn’t working behind the scenes.
The invisible is much more important than the visible. The Spiritual matters more than the Physical.
And although the physical might not have resulted in our expectations, the most important thing is that we obeyed God. He has a plan and purpose. He’s intentional. He definitely knows what He’s doing.
If obeying Him guarantees our hearts changing and our conformity into Christlikeness, then I would obey regardless of him not showing up for me in the physical.
God’s ways are not our ways, neither are His thoughts
I still have earthly thoughts. God is of another world. God is spiritual, holy and high.
His standards and ways are higher than ours. So high! This means our thought patterns will definitely differ in many ways.
God may have told us something, but just because He says it in a certain way doesn’t mean we interpreted Him correctly. This depends on our spiritual growth.
The more we grow, our understanding of Him increases and gets clearer with time.
We see an illustration of this when Jesus said in Matthew 16:6,
“Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”Matthew 16:6
But the disciples felt Jesus was talking about Physical bread.
They discussed this among themselves and concluded, “It is because we did not bring any breadMatthew 16:7
I’ve seen people misinterpret God’s spiritual blessings to mean mundane and perishable goods. Things without eternal value.
People misinterpret greatness to be demonstrated through wealthy men of the world.
But God sees the greatest as the one willing to serve. God appreciates a man with a broken and contrite spirit. -Psalms 51:17
A broken and contrite spirit is goldmine in the eyes of God not just any man with earthly accolades.
Jesus was/is the greatest. But many wouldn’t want to follow the pattern of Jesus’ life because of the shame associated with it.
God sees success as a Man obeying His will and dying daily to flesh. A man that has Christ formed in Him.
So even when the process isn’t coming through the way we envisioned it would, keep trusting Him. He knows what He’s doing.
Be flexible to God’s will
The story of John the Baptist comes to mind. John was the cousin of Jesus. He knew His purpose and boldly declared Jesus as the Son of God as the dove descended on Him.
When John was jailed, he must have expected Jesus to come through for Him. Especially with the way things worked in the Old testament.
Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples ask Him, “Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?”matthew 11:3
But Jesus didn’t show up, even until His death.
When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.matthew 14:13
But guess what happened the moment John’s disciples went back to deliver the report of Jesus back to John:
As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John,
“What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? “But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ palaces! “But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet. “This is the one about whom it is written,matthew 11:7-11
‘BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.’
“Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he
Jesus was praising John! Exalting him to be greater than prophets like Moses, Daniel, Abraham, and many other patriarchs in the Old Testament.
John had fulfilled purpose. And Jesus recognized and acknowledged Him for that. John had no house or anything to His name. Yet Jesus was boasting about him.
Stay on the course, even when you don’t understand
Job was a man who stayed on course even when His wife asked him to curse God and die. He was highly misunderstood by his friends but his faith held fast unto God.
Job did not understand the chaos going on in his life, but he kept trusting and hoped until the end.
No wonder God could boast about Him! Reminds me of how Jesus boasted about John the Baptist.
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.job 13:15
God is rooting for you! When your path doesn’t look smooth, He’s right there, as the good father that he is, holding your hands, watching you and keeping you from falling. He may not show up in the physical, but trust him, amazing things are happening within. And that’s more precious than anything happening in the physical.
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.philipians 1:6
I hope this post encourages to keep on, even if it feels as if God did not show up for you. For God is good and his ways are good.
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