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By: Emily Watkins

Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (NIV)


A few months ago, I wrote a devotion called “Waiting on the Lord” which
sprung from a time of waiting on the Lord for my dad’s healing from cancer. For about eight months, my family, friends, and church faithfully prayed for my dad’s healing, and I was personally convinced that my dad would be healed. But then, on January 25, my father passed away to be with the Lord.


When tragic things happen, some of the first questions we ask are: “Why God, why? How could you allow this? Did I not have enough faith? Did I not pray hard enough?” We have so many questions to which we expect immediate answers. Yet, what the Lord has been showing me through this time of loss is that answers do not really matter. Even with all the answers, in the end, our battle is not against reason or logic. It is a battle of trust. Will we choose to trust in God’s love and sovereignty even when it hurts? Can we praise Him even in the storm?


When we are walking through hard times, it is so easy to see only our pain, grief, and suffering. That is because our perspective is so narrow. Like Jesus’ disciples during the storm (Matthew 8:23-27), we are frightened by the waves, and we feel powerless. Yet the Lord is not intimidated by our circumstances, because He has complete control over everything. “Not even a sparrow falls to the ground apart from His will” (Matthew 10:29). The Lord knows not only the beginning, but also the end, and He works everything toward His great and awesome purposes (Romans 8:28).


This does not mean that we will always understand God’s purposes. “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8, NIV). Even the Bible provides us with many yet unsolved mysteries. For example, in Hebrews we read about a whole list of great men of faith who, according to our human reasoning, died prematurely. These martyrs were “commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised” to them. Why? Because “God had planned something better…” (Hebrews 11:39). The Lord never says what He means by “something better.” He simply asks His children to trust Him, to step out of the man-made boat of reason and logic, and face the waves of faith.


Whatever your current situation, today I encourage you to do the same and live the life of faith, not of sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). God loves you and has something better for you when you step out in faith.


Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much that, though circumstances change, You always remain the same. Help me to turn to You for guidance and strength during the storms of my life. It is so hard to trust You when I do not understand, but today I want to choose the path of faith and not of sight. Thank You, Father, that You never disappoint. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Resources:

Teen Devotional Bible


Think About It:

What are some hindrances to seeing through the eyes of faith?


Why do you think the Lord chooses not to fully reveal his purposes to us, even when He can?


Live It:

Is someone you know going through tough times in their life right now? If so, think of some ways that you can be an encouragement to them.


Each day for a week, try and write down three things you can be thankful for.


Power Verses:

2 Samuel 22:31, “As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.” (NIV)


1 Corinthians 2:5b, “…so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” (NIV)


© 2010 by Emily Watkins. All rights reserved.
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**Come back tomorrow for a special post honoring and celebrating the life of Emily’s father, Rick.**

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2 Comments:

Blogger LyonsLady said...

I read this and was heart broken.. BUT...When we pray for healing sometimes the Lord takes the person to rest in HIS presence and to me that is the UTMOST and Greatest Healing of ALL. As long as the person knows Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior!!!
Your dad is No longer in pain and is No longer suffering...My belief is the LORD did heal your dad and heard your prayers...its just not the way you were expecting...Your dad did know the Lord so All is Well!!! Many people think because they are gone, God did not hear their prayers and they were not healed!?! But,it was Gods will to take him out of this sinful world and take him in HIS Loving Arms. I hope this helps you!!! Gods Peace to you and your family.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you Emily as you continue journeying this out with the Lord. I'm here for you. Love, Samantha (from St. Giles and P31)

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