This is not a new question. It has been asked by every generation of believers since Jesus walked this earth. I opened up this topic last Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 because of a conversation with someone about her feeling that God wasn’t hearing her prayers. I’ve been reading and studying all week, and I will tell you that I don’t have THE ONLY ANSWER to this question! I have what I believe are several good and biblical answers. You are welcome to respond in the comments; just be courteous; don’t write a 15-page thesis; no profanity, no potty mouth. This is a discussion, not a debate.
First, I want to remind you that God’s ways are higher than ours; His knowledge is greater than ours. Isaiah 55:8-9:
8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
When your children were small, did you give them everything they asked for? Even when they let the big, fat tears flow, and said, “Pleeeeeease, Mommy? Pleeeeease, Daddy?” Your heart may have wanted to give them the world on a platter, but you knew they weren’t always ready for what they were asking.
When I was a little kid, sometimes my parents just said, “No.” Back then, you didn’t whine and plead and keep on asking, if you had any sense at all.
Sometimes, they said, “Not now. We’ll talk about it when you’re older.” Or, the plain truth: “We can’t afford it.”
On rare occasions, we would stop at the Dairy Queen for a five-cent cone. Yes, you could get a decent amount of ice cream for five cents back then. Or, even more rarely, we’d drive to an A&W for a hamburger and a frosty mug of root beer. I don’t remember praying for those things, but it sure felt like an answer to prayer!
My point (pardon the diversion down memory lane) is that even loving parents don’t always give their children what they ask for because they know it would not be good for the child. So we trusted them and accepted their decision. Not always without resentment, but we got over that, too.
Here’s the thing. God is always good. Always. He cannot NOT be good, because His goodness is one of His attributes. His holiness, the primary attribute of God, does not permit a lack of goodness–not even for a moment.
So I have to believe that, and accept that He knows far more than I do what is best for me–even when He doesn’t answer my prayer the way I wanted Him too.
Well, there is much more. I can see that I’ll be more than one or two weeks on this topic. So–hoping to see you next Sunday!