FROM FAITH TO FAITHFULNESS
God Knows Our Needs
As Christians, we must believe that if we do not receive the very thing we prayed for, then it was best that we not have it. Therefore, we ought always to pray, "Not my will, but Yours be done." (Luke 22:42)
God Knows Best
He said, We do not always know what is best for us. It may not even be best for us to have health or wealth. We may need to remain poor or ill, in order to remain humble and faithful. Even death may be best for us. I have no way of knowing that I would die faithful to the Lord if given twenty-five more years in which to live. If God sees best, I had rather die now and go to heaven than to live a thousand years, and die in sin and be lost eternally. Let us therefore pray and obey, then leave the results up to the will of God.
"This will require faith, but remember: Christians are called believers (1 Timothy 4:12). If we do not seem to have our prayers answered, let us believe that they were heard, and that withholding the answer was equal to the Lord's speaking back to us and saying, 'The thing you prayed for is not best for you;' or, 'You shall receive your request as soon as you are ready to receive it;' or 'I am sending you something better than what you requested."
Let us do our part, and leave the results to God. He will take care of us - whether we live or die.
Bobby Key (Via Old Paths)