I sent her Psalm 73 and other advise back to her. Could I share with you some of what I find to be true concerning prayer? ...not just for the single woman looking for a husband but also for any other person who asks God for something and all is silent.
The Psalmist sees the problem, doesn’t he? He sees that this God we worship here today is a GOOD GOD and that He is good to those who are pure in heart.
He writes: 2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
This ‘slip’ he experiences is not a sinful practice he falls into. No, it is when he looks at the evil around him and envies them over his own life. When he takes his eyes off of Jesus.
She asks: Did I hear wrong? Is God punishing me?
Her confession of being married in three years sounds like someone was not hearing the voice of God on her behalf. Again, don't fall away because life has turned out harder than you were told it would be. (I wondered who told her she were going to be married? Was it in prayer, a fellow sister, from within her heart of hearts? Really, it does not matter so much were it came from--she believed it and now that the three-year mark is over, she doubts. Very normal.)
Our hopes and dreams and desires are all in one package, isn't it? We feel that if we please God, He will reward us. If we walk His Way, all will turn out grand. We can find verses to support that but reality and other verses show us that it is not about us. It is all about Him. What, in life, gives Him Glory? What puts things in His Eternal timetable? How does He gain? Sorry to say that some have been preaching that if we 'only believe' the BMW (husband, money, fame, health, clean skin...whatever) will be ours in Christ Jesus.
"All that we ask or think." ...in Christ Jesus. That is the rub! Again, we know that He does answer prayers but for somethings it never seems to happen! What is He doing with this request? Has He forgotten about it? (No, we know He doesn't forget.) Has the game plan changed? (No, He still wants us to walk in a way that brings Glory to His Name.) Are we fooling our hearts into thinking that all will be well with our life no matter what happens? You answer that.
She asks us to pray for her:
(Would you please pray for her and the many like her right now? Thank you...)
Does my desires mean more to me than my relationship with God? Does He have His way in my life? Can I really be happy in my relationship with God dispute the surrounding situations? Look at Proverbs 23:17-18. Does this sound like you?
Two weeks ago, in the handout, David printed a short portion of Eric Liddell’s experience in an internment camp in China. Liddell is quoted:
Well, is that true or not? If it is not true than throw Christian faith out the window and don’t even consider Faith in God.
In case you missed it, let’s look at the Psalm as a whole and see what Asaph faces...along with us...the truth about life and death!
This seems to be the case of God blessing those who trust in Him but the author doesn’t see it. The eyes of his heart is on himself. “ALL for them but not for ME.”
Yet,… then Asaph entered the sanctuary of God he understood their final destiny!
The big picture was revealed to him.
Now, his focus was centered on God. Now, he sees that these other people are the ones on slippery ground. They are the ones who will fall to their ruin.
He sees that ‘they’ are not really safe at all. He is! He is on the Rock. The Rock of his Salvation!
He sees that he once was acting like them. (21-22 & 4-11) Yet, the reality is found in the fact that he had always been in His sight...in His Hand...in His Love! In His Care!
22-24: The reality is: 22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
Those who are far can, in some point in time, come close as well. It is always open and available for everyone. Just come to Him and He will come to you. As… I will tell of all Your deeds.