Romans 3:4 … yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
I remebering being at church and hearing people testify how their loved ones were saved. I would hear people say “I turned my plate over” a phrase used to signify that they fasted for their loved one and as a result had a clear testimony that their loved one was saved. I don’t doubt those wonderful testimonies but things don’t always turn out that way, and when they don’t we may be left wondering why. Our faith is tested. This happened to me.
Sometimes, as Christians, we are faced with situations that we don’t fully understand. We pray and witness and do all of the things that Scripture tells us to do and yet we are left with questions. Our loved ones may die and we are left without the assurance that they were true believers. They may have been, they may not have been. We’re just not sure and we are left wondering. Not a good feeling for sure. I asked the Lord to give us a sure testimony from my father before he died. It was not to be. The Lord has taught me some things throughout my ordeal. I have asked Him what I could learn from the events I experienced.
One thing I learned is that we must trust that the Lord, in His Sovereignty, always does the “right thing” and that He is always faithful.
Second, the Lord hears every prayer and every petition, and is fully involved in our situation even though it may appear He is being silent, or if the answer does not align with our expectations.
The third is that, yes, prayer and fasting are important and good, and people do come to the Lord afterwards, but we must always remember that Salvation comes when a person responds to the Gospel and that all the fasting and praying in the world cannot override a person’s freewill.
Fourth, I don’t know if I can explain this well but I’ll try. Existence is continuing. People go to “their place” when they die. If they knew the Lord in this life they will continue on and go to be with Him when they die. If they didn’t know the Lord in this life they will continue on in the next world and go to “their place” (John 14:2,3 & Acts 1:25).
And last, I learned that part of following the Lord as a believer is accepting His ways and His truths no matter what, and loving the Lord and His Word above all else, even those who are the most dearest to us in this world.