God’s complex plans could be mistaken as faith failures when prayers aren’t answered in a “timely” manner or if the answers come in some obscure unrecognizable form. But, then, some prayers involve circumstances with deep entanglements, which must be addressed before we see any results.
For instance, a whole chapter in our lives or another person’s life might have to be completed before the answer comes, including lessons to be learned and experiences to be experienced.
God is concerned with our souls maturing in Him, so He will allow us to travel through the wilderness, “off-beat” paths to grow our trust in Him. And that—Might Take a Minute!
Trust God; He has His reasons for doing what He does.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).
If we only think linearly, A______Z, we miss God’s best.
Joseph’s remarkable life illustrates a perfect example of one of God’s complex plans in action. Read his life story in Genesis 37—50. Joseph’s brothers hated him and sold him to slave traders. But what’s so beautiful is that even though he endured hardships—twists and turns, ups and downs, God blessed Joesph through the whole complicated plan to make him ruler of Egypt.
What you’re facing might not be a faith failure—you could be involved in one of God’s multifaceted plans to get you where you need to be.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV).
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