8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. ~ Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV)
Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post. Have you ever had a significant life event occur, and in the course of that, as you wait for that event to take effect, you wonder when that chapter will be finished and your life can move on? Well, I think that it is during these times that God directs us to turn our attention to Him, to fix our thoughts on Him. Scripture says that His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are higher than our ways. At times such as these, it isn’t about us understanding God, and trying to figure Him out, because that simply isn’t possible. What we need to do, especially during the hard times, but hopefully all that time, is to turn to God with the expectation, the belief, knowing that God is looking out for us, and that He will make things right.
Knowing that God will take care of this if we ask Him to is easier said than done. Knowing that God will take care of it is one thing; asking Him to do so is another; but relying on God to actually do that, without taking it back from Him, well, that is probably the hardest thing to do.
I think that in the trials and tribulations of life, there are several things happening that God wants us to learn. First, He wants to reinforce us that we should turn to Him, both in good times and bad times. Second, He is using the trials in our lives to strengthen us. When we go through these trials, we are strengthened so that God can later put us in a place so that we can work for Him for His Glory. Lastly, I think that part of the trials and tribulations that we encounter are experiences that we can use to practice one of the fruits of the Spirit: patience.
When we have these tribulations, and remembering that God’s ways are not our ways, and that His thoughts are not our thoughts, it can often seem that it we are in the “valley of our faith”, and that perhaps God is not hearing our prayer. The key to me is to remember that almost always, God allows us to come out of the valley and soar to the highest mountaintop, and there to be even closer to God. The hardest thing about this, though, is that we need to wait on God’s timing for this trial to end. If we can rely on Him, and let Him teach us, strengthen us, and use us, we’ll be a much stronger person in the long run, and it will benefit God all the more as a result.
In closing, please think about the ways that God has put trials and tribulations in your life, the times when trouble has entered your life, whether it be a job issue, a health issue, or something else, and think about what it took to come out of the valley and to reach the mountaintop. If you are still in the valley, please pray with me the following prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You for all of the blessings you have given to me; blessings of life, of love, of family, but most of all, blessings of You, God, for creating me and giving me Life, and for Your Son Jesus, who died for me.
Lord, at this time in my life, trials and tribulations assail me on all sides, they attack me, my family, and they are at work to try and drive me and my family from turning to you, Lord, in our time of need. Jesus told us that in this world we would have trials, but that we should take heart, because Jesus overcame the world. Thank You for Jesus, for overcoming the world, and for saving us from ourselves.
Lord, we don’t know why we are in the valley of our faith, and we don’t know what role You have for us, but Lord, we trust you, we know that you have our best interests at heart. We know that You have a plan for us, to give us Peace and a Hope, and that if we can just keep trusting You, we know that You will take care of us. Lord, we don’t know how long it will take, and we don’t know what form it will take, but Lord, we know that it will be greater than we ever imagined.
Lord, please strengthen us, please give us the patience we need to see this trial to it’s conclusion, and Lord, please fill us with Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to be able to tackle the evil one as he tries to turn us away from You. We ask these things in the name of your Son Jesus, who taught us to pray:
Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed by thy name,
Thy Kingdom Come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.