In our relationship with God, we have to learn that His will is greater than our requests. Sometimes I think we forget that we are living in what is temporary and not eternity. We tend to look at things as though all we have is here on this earth, when the Bible tells us that our lives are nothing more than a vapor that appears for a while, then it’s gone. We are not able to see the big picture as long as we are living here. That’s why we have to trust in God and not lean on our own understanding. If you ask God for something, and He doesn’t grant your request, in our flesh it’s easy to question why and even get upset. However, that’s when the Spirit of the Lord within us has to be victorious over our human emotions and response.
If you’re a struggling with this, believe me, I can relate to what you’re going through. There have been things I’ve prayed for and even expected God to take care of, and when He didn’t, it left me speechless and confused. I felt like I had the faith that was needed to get the result I wanted, but it seemed like Heaven went silent. I had to learn through prayer and God’s Word what it meant to walk by faith and not by sight. That doesn’t mean I understand it all now, because I don’t, but I have learned that I can’t see everything God is doing for I am limited to an earthly perspective.
Here’s what I know; God’s plan is more significant than mine, and what He is working on exceeds my life here. It doesn’t just include this life, but more importantly the one to come. Where we are going is much greater than where we are, we just can’t see it. All we can do is read about it and trust God while we are living here. The truth is, we can’t see the big picture, only the blurry big picture.
1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV)
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.