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Thank you. Sometimes when you are going through issues of life we may think its me alone. The perception should focus on being saved than being healed. God has taken me to places I have never wanted because I was angry with Him for not acting when I wanted Him most. I only realise that He wanted me to get the best, see better and act in a different wavelength of Glory. Forgiveness is what I can ask from Him. And to to may God keep on strengthening you to desire Him the more
Thanks for your thoughtful comments. What a great attitude you have!
I got great strength from this article because am presently in the time when it seems like God is a billion miles away from me and my prayers.
Yep, I think every Christian has been there–multiple times. St. John of the Cross called it “The Dark Night of the Soul.” You’re in my prayers, Bennett.
Every Christian has been there! Praying for you, friend!
Thanks for this. I am wondering where God is for this person…
I was truly blessed by your humorous and practical sharing.
May God continue to bless you and your family with more inspirations and wisdom.
Thanks so much, Shelly!
Thank you for this. It’s 2am and I can’t sleep because of gout in both of my limbs(debilitating pain). God is moving, and I needed to read this. Now I think I can rest a little easier. God bless you and thanks for your prayers.
William, I am so sorry to hear about your extreme pain. “Father, please grant my friend, William your perfect plan whether it be miraculous healing. medical intervention, or divine grace to carry this cross of gout with faith and courage! Assure him that you are right there–even at 2 am–in this painful journey. Amen.” Praying!
Thx for encouraging lesson and comments. I’m a minister and know where ur coming from.
Yep somtimes it seems like Gods on holidays. Hang in there everyone…the longer it takes the bigger the miracle and the more Jesus will do for you in the future because you passed a test.
I love your perspective. Lee Grady put it this way:
“In the animal kingdom, big creatures often have the longest gestation periods. A baby whale is in his mother’s womb for 18 months, and a baby giraffe waits 15 months. And some species of elephants are pregnant for two years. The rule, it seems, is clear:
“The bigger the baby, the longer the wait.
“If you are carrying a big promise, you should be prepared for painful delays.”
I found your blog refreshing
especially cause I tend to be impatient and so I quickly lose faith when things don’t happen when I expect them to.
It is written in the Book that he that knows how to do good and does not do it, to him it is a sin. If God has the power to do all things then why delay it. Jesus Christmas never delayed anyone who asked him. The experience at the boat was a case of Jesus asleep. But when the disciples asked for help, he didn’t delay the answer so God is love and He will not allow His children to suffer for one sec because of any of the reasons you mentioned. If Jesus could heal people that came to him under the OT, how much more will he do under the new covenant. When Jeoshaphat had to battle, God responded…
Jesus delays going to be with Lazarus when he is told his friend is sick–and Lazarus dies before he gets there. But Jesus does respond in an even more amazing way–by raising him from the dead. Jesus certainly did “good” and even BETTER, so that God would be glorified. I pray that your faith will stay strong when God delays in your life. He will delay . . . and do a greater miracle!
Realizing God is never late keep hope alive for a better tomorrow, it make life worth living. thanks for such a great article.
Learning through how God supplies is very crucial for any heaven bound Christian. God does not bless us through short cuts for short cut blessings can cut our lives short and turn out to be a curse at last. No matter how hungry your Darling little child is, and no matter how touching his cry may be, and no matter how highly you love him, you will never give him the food you are cooking for him until it is done! even when the food is done, you will never scoop it into his tender mouth until it cools down , otherwise you injure your child and end him up in the hospital. Such is our journey with God. If you acted like this out of your love for your child, then think of a loving God who loves us more than we can ever love our children. Be patient with God for His delay is never denial.
Thank you for helping me understand.. I was feeling so lost and abandoned.. Thinking God was not listening. I was crying and pleading and losing faith. God why are you not keeping your word? The child /parent analogy has really helped me to understand. Now, I am going to stop acting like a spoiled child and dwell better in faith, learn from my mistakes and trust in the love God has for me, and wait and pray to accept His solution to this problem.. Thank you so much.. I get it now!!!!
Thank you for encouraging me. I am so grateful that my post provided understanding for you. It is very hard to keep the faith when we feel “lost and abandoned.” Praying for you, my friend.
Thank you for encouraging me! It is so hard when we’re “feeling so lost and abandoned.” So glad that you’re trusting in the love God has for you.
I love the truth and practical Gospel truths. Your message touched my heart. Thanks a million times for the grace to share
Not sure if this is still active.
Anyway say someone looses ther home, job, ends up homeless after doin everything the could to get a job, but constant rejection from jobs. The person commits suicide. Meanwhile after His suicide a place calls three years later to offer him a job. Wouldn’t that be God acting to late in his timing?
The suicide is so very tragic, but is a decision–although made by a severely trouble mind–by the person and has nothing to do God’s actions–or apparent inactions.
Such an amazing article.
Been waiting on the LORD for marriage for many years and God has been teaching me many things.
As my daughter has learned, it’s better to wait for the right man than to marry the wrong one–a serial adulterer. She’s been single for several years following the divorce, and is just now dating a wonderful, godly man. So, I can pray for you with great empathy!
The suicide is so very tragic, but is a decision–although made by a severely trouble mind–by the person and has nothing to do God’s actions–or apparent inactions. I’m confused by that statement..out of the despair and desperation…did God not care?
Yes, God cares. He loves us so much. But he has given humans freewill to make choices. Sometimes those choices are the result of severe mental health issues. And that is so tragic. But God does care. You may want to read my article that deals specifically with God and suicide. Do those who commit suicide go to heaven
freewill is a fallacy…it says..God knows everything..every hair on our head…God knows.. free will is not true
I’m sorry, but I’m not following your argument. Knowing the hairs on my head is something anyone can know–if I and another person took the time to count them. It has nothing to do with the decisions I will make. God can know what our decisions will be without forcing the decision. It’s part of the mystery of God’s incredible abilities.
People dying from some some disease such as cancer do have a timing issue – so pointless if God will intervene in 7 years when you only have 7 months to live. Oh right, God didn’t respond because they didn’t have enough faith or didn’t believe enough – except Jesus spoke of having faith the size of a mustard seed being enough. And what of the 100 of thousands that do have faith and are on a time-crunch but no intervention from God? When the disciples lacked faith, Jesus didn’t just let them drown did he?
God’s timing is certainly not our timing, so I understand your frustration. And, unfortunately, one post can’t deal with all the complexities of the questions. My new book, The Psalms of Asaph: Struggling with Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, Unpublished Evil, tries to deal with those questions at length. But even 200 + pages can’t answer all our questions of God’s workings. It becomes a matter of trusting that God is far wiser than us, and if we knew what he knew, we’d choose the same outcome.
Thank you for this! I felt God asked me to start a prayer meeting for my church five years ago. Since then, from a human perspective things got much worse. I prayed for unity and disunity came and many of my very best friends left my church that I was partnering with to share the Gospel. I am so broken hearted my soul hurts. Thank you for your encouragement to keep praying. It is very hard.
Thank you for this great lessons I was grad when I came across it, well to be honest with you as a youth, life have been so tough, especially when you were on a better place before all of sudden things get worst, I’m no where to be find nothing is working, pray all night nothing seen coming, it’s frustrating but I keep on trusting, looking for articles that will strengthen my faith… Once again thank you
Thank u lord for making me to understand that you wanted to teach me a lesson that you are there for me despite being a failure after my hardwork last semester.
From all the comments, I learned much from reading these helpful remarks.. I was drowning in despair. I was crying and pleading and begging God to help me..Asking Him why was He not keeping his promises. Oh me of little faith. However, reading these comments have helped me tremendously.. Dr. Watkins, thank you for helping me understand… I now feel better.. It has been difficult to say the least!!!! I now have a restful understanding of how God works with us. The child/parent analogy helped me realize why God is not instantly coming to my rescue. So I’m learning to be at peace with this situation and calm myself down. Lean on God, the father, knowing and trusting and believing He knows what is best for me and will only work in my best interest. What a relief… I’m also working on making my faith stronger.. Pray for me I’m a work in progress… Please email me information that will help me along this journey… I seek mush guidance.. Thank you again and may God continue to bless your work.
Thanks so much, Deborah, for your encouraging reply. It’s comments like yours that keep me staring at a computer screen over eight hours a day. Please click here and here for lots of resources for growing in your faith. (And, it’s not “Dr. Watkins.” Just Jim.)
This was an on time word for me. Amen and thank you.
I am so thankful you find it helpful.
Sir, Please… just pray for God to grant my heart desires. been years after graduation haven’t got a job and its not funny!!! have prayed, fasted and still on fasting… its like am kinda angry with God.
Yep, I can relate! I deal with those unanswered prayers and unfulfilled promises in one of my new books. St. John calls these times of seemingly endless waiting “the dark night of the soul.”
“Father, please grant my friend, Lyle, the perfect job that suits his talents and passion–even if it’s not related to his formal training. You have created himX with a unique skill set and personality, so please open up a fulfilling opportunity to serve you and others. Amen.” Praying!
Hello, just wanted to say thank you for your perspective on this. Over the past 2 weeks I’ve had sleepless nights trying to balance work and another project that I should’ve said no to but I rushed ahead of God. The deadline for side project is tomorrow and I still have so much to do with not enough time. I’m so tired and I’ve been begging God for help. I’ve experienced so much failure this year and I’m scared that I’m about to again. I’m going to keep praying, reading and listening to Christian music. They’re the only things that seem to calm me but I still have anxiety of not finishing. Romans 8:31 has been coming to me repeatedly but I struggle to fully accept it. Please pray for me.
Thanks for your comment. I’ve had years like that. This year, my mom died, I broke my foot, and dealt with mental health issues. But, as you know, Emmanuel means God with us and he has indeed been with me through each and every challenge.
“Father, please make your presence known to my friend. May he sense your love, comfort and peace as he deals with these issues. Amen.” Praying!
I made an effort to search this topic on line and was directed to this site, this is cos I attempted suicide today 5th December due to the pressure of so much debt I have to pay within a specified time and I having no means what so ever to pay, I lost hope and confidence in God’s love or His willingness to help, I am constantly under harassment from those I owe, I sleep and pray not wake up, cos I can’t face the new day, its terrible, I began to doubt the reality of His existence and decided to end my misery, though somewhere in my heart I knew He is there but I wanted Him to step into my situation and help me. Now I feel ashamed of my lack of faith and understanding of His ways. I am sure He is good God and He loves and cares for me, my debts are still there enormous, and impossible for me to carry but I chose to trust him to do what is best for me, your blog has blessed my heart. Thanks and God bless
Hi Joyce. I just sent you a lengthy email. There is hope through therapy, meds and support from others. You’re in my prayers.
And if anyone else, is struggling, here’s what I sent Joyce: If you’re thinking about suicide
This is so timely.. God bless you. Please pray for me and my husband. Waiting on God for such a huge miracle that will bring us out of all our debts. So many harassments. So many plans we have. New home, school fees, rent , debts. So overwhelming. And this is CRUNCH TIME.. We literally have only this week to fulfill all these before we are pretty much thrown out..God please help us. My husband , my kids.. Help ALL of our debtors pay is so we can in return pay all our debts please Lord..And please most importantly forgive my lack of faith and help me. Build me up to know more of you and please grant me peace that passes understanding. I need you Lord. I need Your miraculous touch in our situation and most importantly in our lives.God is ALWAYS good! Thank You Jesus!
“Father, you have promised to meet your children’s needs, so please provide for this family in every way, not only financially, but emotionally and spiritually–in every way. Amen.” Praying! Praying! Praying!
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