Don’t tell me God can’t use platforms like Facebook.
Twice this week I’ve joked around about my prayers not only not being answered but having received the exact opposite of those prayers. Did it stop me from approaching the throne of God? No. But that didn’t mean my faith wasn’t shaken just a little. I kept telling myself that if I had the faith of a mustard seed and all that jazz that God would hear my cries. And deep down there was no doubt because I know God’s plans are to prosper me and not to harm me, to give me a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). But the surface was a different story. I was paying attention to the individual circumstances and allowing all the circumstances to become cohesive enough to cause my knees to wobble. I just knew if one more circumstance attached to the growing blob I would shatter.
To make matters worse, I’m in that stage where I hunger and thirst for more of my Heavenly Father, yet I feel alone. It’s a pruning stage, a walking by faith stage. It doesn’t feel good, but I know this entire process is bringing me, and more importantly those around me, into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It has also given a few faithful sisters in Christ an opportunity to minister, which I know is increasing their faith too.
Anyway, I’m sure you’re wanting me to get to the point. What does all of this have to do with social media? Well, even though I know God hears my prayers, at times there is a little niggling doubt in the back of my mind. Okay, I’ll be honest, sometimes, even though I know He doesn’t always answer the way we’d like, I wonder if God really likes me at all, especially when I pray about specific things and the opposite occurs. Yeah, I know it’s a lie conjured by the enemy to keep me feeling condemned, rejected and abandoned. It’s why we shouldn’t live by feelings but by faith, and that faith in knowing I’ve been forgiven, received and loved by the God Most High keeps me returning to His throne. I KNOW HE LOVES ME, enough to send his son, Jesus Christ, to die for me.
All right, all right that social media thing. This morning, God used Facebook to speak to me. The Women of Faith posted their daily inspiration entitled He Does Not Turn Away My Prayer.
Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me! Psalm 66:20