We all go through difficult times. Times where we can’t see God at work. Times where we think God doesn’t hear us. Times when God seems a million miles away. Times when we desperately need God to answer a prayer and nothing seems to happen. Times when we cry out and say “God, what are you doing?” or “God, where are you?” In those moments we need to remember that God is our refuge and fortress and we can trust Him…even if we can’t feel Him or see Him at work. In those moments, we tend to move away from God. We stop reading the Bible and then wonder why He’s not speaking to us. We stop praying and wonder why He isn’t listening. These are the times when we need to spend more time in His Word and more time praying. We need to spend time listening to Christian music and surrounding ourselves with Christian friends. When we reach these moments, we can know that God has a plan for us and that plan is meant for our good. We can call on Him and come to Him in prayer and He will listen. (Jer. 29:11-12). In these moments we can choose to move away from God and let our doubts scream louder than our faith or we can seek God with all our hearts because that is when we will find Him (Jer. 29:13).
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’” —Jeremiah 29:11-13
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