‘The Lord longs to be gracious to you…therefore He waits…’ (Isa 30:18 NAS)
There are certain prayers God won’t answer for our own good. Unanswered prayer is God’s gift…it protects us from ourselves. Unanswered prayer protects…breaks…deepens…and transforms. Past unanswered prayers, which left us hurt and disillusioned, act like a refiner’s fire to prepare us for future answers.
“…I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16 NKJV
Just because you don’t recognise the path you’re on doesn’t mean that God’s not leading you. He’ll be there when everybody and everything else has failed you. He’ll be there for you in the dark places.
“When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:3-4 NLT
Character building is a slow process; it happens day-by-day. Whenever we try to escape life’s difficulties we short-circuit the process, delay our growth, and end up with a worse kind of pain. So, be open to change; and pursue it!