Have you been contending for something without seeing results? You’ve done all you know to do and you’ve cried out to the Lord asking for His intervention and nothing appears to change. Don’t give up. God hasn’t forgotten you, even if it feels like it [Joshua 1:5].
Sometimes our answers come quickly, while we’re still praying [Daniel 9:23]. Other times we are left waiting and wondering. We know the Lord will not leave us nor forsake us [Deuteronomy 31:6, 8]. When we find ourselves in a season of contending without a change in our situation, we can find our peace in the goodness of God [2 Chronicles 6:41].
Elizabeth and Zechariah had prayed for years on end for a child, yet she was barren. She was “well along in years” as her husband gently put it in Luke 1:18. Everything looked helpless, and then God stepped in and everything changed. An old woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son, but not just any son. One who “will be great in the sight of the Lord. He will never take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of righteousness- to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” [Luke 1:15-17].
When God answers He brings “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” [Ephesians 3:20]. We don’t always understand His ways or His timing in situations, but we can trust Him [Psalm 62:8, Psalm 115:11, Isaiah 55:8 and Romans 15:13].
Is there a situation in your life you need God to step into? Cry out to Him. He will answer you, it just might come wrapped differently than you expect.