In her newest book, Strong: A Devotional to Live a Powerful and Passionate Life, author Lisa Bevere shares wisdom from Scripture on how to live as a confident woman of faith.
God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. PSALM 66:19
Today’s excerpt is how to be strong because you have been heard by God. This topic speaks to the concerns and anxieties that COVID-19 has brought to the surface in our hearts and minds.
As many parents of young children will tell you, sometimes our precious, beautiful angels hit, call names, or throw fits to get their way (not unlike us from time to time).
In the heat and intensity of a battle with a two- year- old, it would appear easier for all involved to just let him have his way. Let him win this battle in hopes you will later win the war. Well, you might— but only with greater difficulty and much more struggle than the initial confrontation presented. Rewarding bad behavior always comes back to bite you in the end. Ultimately, you are not doing the child a favor but a disservice. God, our heavenly Father, is the wisest of all parents. He knows when that thing we are throwing a tantrum about will jeopardize something of greater value . . . our character.
I confess there have been times when I’ve been guilty of throwing a tantrum to get my way.
I whined and complained, “God, how come they have this and I don’t?” Other times it was interpersonal, “God, You know I’m right and they’re wrong! Tell them or show them!” This was especially convenient in disagreements with my husband or other Christians. I imagined God interrupting their devotions to tell them how right I was. Of course, these prayers were never answered. I’m so grateful that God was after my good instead of giving me what I wanted.
There are many reasons for unanswered prayer, but never assume that He is not answering because He isn’t listening.
He is always actively pursuing our growth into greater good— even beyond our understanding in the moment. Whether we pray with the best of intent or with limited vision, He inclines His ear toward us, knowing exactly what we need. He has an eternal perspective in mind. As I have matured and dared to abandon myself and others into the hands of God, His righteousness prevails without my insights. We can always count on Him to listen and respond in ways that reveal His ultimate sovereignty in our lives.
Lord, I am grateful that when I speak You listen graciously, and You respond in Your will and wisdom. My future is safe in Your hands.
I Am Strong BECAUSE I AM IN THE HANDS OF THE ONE WHO KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS.
For more, check out Lisa and John Bevere’s ministry Messenger International.