Sooner or later, as we travel along this road of life,
we all will ask ourselves some similar questions.
Why is this happening to me?
Why can't I stop worrying?
Why am I suffering? How can I forgive?
Why do I feel empty inside?
Why is God not answering my prayers?
What is my life all about?
Which is the "right" religion?
Having lived through many trials, both physical and emotional, I can honestly say that the answer I would give to any of these questions is a question in return. Do you really "know" Jesus?
I mean really know Him. Knowing Jesus is not about a religion, it is about a relationship.
Why I this happening to me? Why am I suffering?
This is not a perfect world. It is full of sin and darkness. As Paul suffered in that dungeon, he tells us of his beatings, stoning, being shipwrecked, shivering in the cold, being naked, suffering pain, thirst and hunger. (2 Corinthians 11:25). He also tells us he has taken joy in his sufferings, for when he is weak, he is strong, through Christ (2 Corinthians 12:10).
If you do not "know" Jesus, if Jesus does not live within you, you will find extreme difficulty with any and all of these questions. Why can so many genuine Christians face all that this life may throw at them with confidence and inner peace? It is not their strength that makes this possible, but the strength living within them. It is a strength that often is unexplainable. It is a peace that flows over with no end. It is a calm in the midst of the storm that comes from His spiritual strength in us.
Disease, pain, emotional suffering, loss and loneliness is not choosey. We all will experience one or more in our lifetime and when we do, we overcome only through the strength of Christ.
Yes, Jesus tells us clearly, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome." John 16:33
What is this life all about? Why isn't God answering my prayer? What religion is "right?"
I can lump the answer to all three of these together. This life here in this world is focused on material things. We work for housing, food and personal pleasure. When we ask Christ into our life, to forgive our sin, to make us into His woman of faith, all the answers to these questions become clear.
Religion is worthless. Religion is man-made. It is not a religion that matters, but a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus waits. He waits for us to come to Him for cleansing of sin. He does not force us to come, we cannot do enough good things or give enough money to have this relationship. It takes a humble heart with a desire to be cleanse of sin, and only Jesus can do that. When you come to know Christ, your life takes on new meaning and as you grow in knowledge of the Bible and the teachings of Christ you will desire to live for Him and no longer for what the world offers you.
As we live for Him, we will suffer emotionally and physically as do so many others. We are not immune to this world. But we have new found strength within to draw on. We pray for His will for our life, not ours. So often we feel prayers go unanswered, but yet they are not. The answer may be, "Wait my child," or "No, my child." All is in His will.
Did you know that God does not hear the prayer of the person who does not have a relationship with Him?
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: - Psalm 66: 18
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He listens to him. John 9:31
He waits patiently for the unsaved person to come to Him and ask Him for cleansing of sin. He hears the prayer of the person who humbly asks Christ into their heart and life and thus the prayer connection between sinner and Savior is made!
I am careful of who I ask to pray for myself or loved ones. There are certain people who have crossed my path in this life that have been genuine prayer warriors in times of trail, that I know fell to their knees in pray and had a perfect connection. The answer may not be the one I or they prayed for, but it was all in His will.
Life as a woman of faith is all about Christ.