How to appreciate God’s unresponsiveness

The other day I got this thought.

How come bible’s promises don’t have a time delivery guarantee? For example one of my favorite ones from Matthew 7:7 “”Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” … could mean tomorrow or ten years from now. Why is that?

When it comes to me, I used to purely ask for what I wanted, not what I needed. These days, I still ask for what I want. Except now, I view it as a start point of a discernment process that will lead me to the discovery of what I need. While at first that might seem like a compromise, the more I live, the more I realize it’s not.

I mean, think about what you wanted 10 years ago? Would it be such a blessing if you actually got it?

I could write much about what I wanted 10 years ago and it all would boil down to this one: I wanted to be successful so that I wouldn’t need to change. To use a fitness analogy, I wanted to lose weight without adjusting my diet nor workout routine.

These days, through prayer (exercise) and looking for everyday eternal signs (diet), I am finding strength to change what I need to do God’s will for my life. And since God is outside of time, the timing becomes less relevant.

What is becoming more relevant, in terms of time, is now. When the fears come do I give into them or do I used them as a reminder that I need to turn my gaze back to God?

What are your thoughts on the timing of God’s promises? What God might be teaching you?


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