Are you going through the fire? Is the devil whispering in your ear that God isn’t answering your prayers; and is he telling you that you’ve been mistaken in discerning the Lord’s voice? Well take heart brethren, your faith is being tested!
The Lord wants us to trust Him in all things. If we are born again the Lord hears every prayer that we pray. He is paying attention, and He is involved in every detail of our lives because we are His children and He loves us. The Lord is righteous, and benevolent, and deserving of our trust because of His very nature. The Lord, in His wisdom, knows exactly what to do when answering our prayers. And even if the Lord is silent when we pray, silence is not to be perceived as disinterest. The Lord is as involved in our situation when there is silence as when we receive a dramatic or immediate answer to our prayers. Is your faith being tested? Years ago I heard a Pastor say … “If you don’t understand, trust in the Sovereignty of God.” Never forgot it.
1 Peter 1:6-7 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
James 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
1 Peter 4:12-19 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.