What is God calling you to do, to become? Unsure? In Mark 1:17 we read of Jesus calling Peter and Andrew: “Come, follow Me.” Not only is He direct, notice the important implication: To say “follow Me” assumes He’ll show the way! The application for us today is simply this: The serious seeker will not be left in the dark. Wait upon the Lord if you are uncertain. When God is clear, go for it!
“To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust Him in the dark — that is faith.” C. H. Spurgeon
We cannot really trust God if we do not believe what He promises, just as we cannot really trust other human beings if we doubt what they say. Biblical faith involves believing the specific promises of God. We must believe God, not simply believe in God. Ask the Lord this day to strengthen your faith in His promises so that you will continue to trust in Him alone.”
God hears and answers the prayers of His people with perfect timing and in a way that is a blessing to those who earnestly and regularly call upon His name.
Prayer is infinite ignorance trusting to the wisdom of God. Prayer is the voice of need crying out to Him who is inexhaustible in resources. Prayer is helplessness reposing with childlike confidence on the word of its Father in heaven. Prayer is but the verbal expression of the heart of perfect confidence in the infinite wisdom, the power and the riches of Almighty God, who has placed at our command in prayer everything we need. (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)
There is really only one rule to follow when God has not yet answered your earnest prayer: Don’t give up. Be assured that He hears you; He loves you; and, in His perfect timing, He will respond. In the meantime, learn and grow from the challenges you face.
Trust is faith become absolute, ratified, consummated. There is, when all is said and done, a sort of venture in faith and its exercise. But trust is firm belief, it is faith in full flower. Trust is a conscious act, a fact of which we are sensible. (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)