How to appreciate God’s unresponsiveness

The other day I got this thought.

How come the 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” … This 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 pray 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 ten years ago? Would it be such a blessing if you actually got it?

I could write much about what I wanted ten 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 the 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 might God be teaching you?


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