Have You Committed To God?
God has His very best for you and maybe you haven’t seen Him work in your situations or trials–being frustrated with God is common so here are a few questions that may have passed through your mind:
Why hasn’t God answered my prayers?
Is it because I don’t pray long enough?
Or have I sinned that I don’t see it?
Has God forgotten me?
But it’s simple, so simple, “Stay Connected”
What does that look like?
Staying in prayer when you think God isn’t listening.
Connecting up with fellow Christians for support.
Listening to the Holy Spirit when He gives you a gentle nudge to do something.
Going to a church to hear what God has to say to you through the sermon.
Are you looking back?
Backsliding, when you start your journey with high hopes and joy –then nothing is happening, thinking God isn’t working in the situation. So you turn back to what “used to work”. Clearly that path didn’t.
Are you the thorns or shallow soil?
Look at what Jesus says in Matthew 13
The Parable of the Sower
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
The disciples asked Jesus why he spoke in parables – this is what He told them:
11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
If you are reading the Bible and not understanding what it says or means, ask God for wisdom and to help you.
Jesus explains this so we may understand fully:
18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.
23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
So you see how prayers may be hindered, by not letting go of the worries and trusting God in all your situations.
We may not see prayers answered for many years but God is working on you and the situation to bring it all to light, to mature and refine you to be more like His One and Only Son-Jesus.
The harder road with God is better, it may seem like it takes forever and you may feel defeated at times but the outcome is a win-win.
Have you committed to God?
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