Ever asked yourself why is this happening to me? You pray and pray and pray and pray and life still doesn’t work out like you wanted?
I am fully convinced that God always hears and answers every prayer we pray. However, he doesn’t always answer them in the way we want them answered. Hebrews 11:35-40 reveals a list of followers of Jesus who suffered greatly for their faith.
I appreciate Peter’s words knowing that he too suffered for his faith in Jesus to the point of death.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire — may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:6-9 ESV)
Walking by faith does not mean a problem-free or worry-free life. Check out Hebrews 11:39-40 for more on that!
The reality is that it is easy to trust God when things are going great. Genuine faith is developed in the storms of life, when the situation looks impossible, when the people look hopeless, when the world seems to have turned against you and when you’re tempted to ask yourself, “Why is this happening to me?” This is a test!
Faith is trusting if we do not get what we wanted that God has a better idea!