How can serving God with your whole heart make any difference when you have your prayers unanswered for a long time? Here is how to find out.
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years (Luke 1:6-7).
Serving God with your whole heart when you have your prayers unanswered, or a secret frustration that you are waiting on God to intervene can sometimes challenge your faith. But when you serve God no matter your situation is, trust God for who He is.
You do not serve Him because He provides your needs, but because He is your Father and you trust Him and love Him, for He knows the details of your life, (He planned your life before you were born), to bring you to an expected end. He gives us the seeds to sow.
Elizabeth had little reason to believe that she could become a mother as an elderly woman, despite God’s grace to both Sarah (Genesis 17:16, 17) and Hannah (1Samuel 1:5-11). And her husband Zacharias also doubted the possibility of them getting pregnant at their age when angel Gabriel appeared to him to announce that God has heard their prayers and they were going to bear a son.
To them their situation looks impossible and have accepted their inability to give birth, but God remembered their obedience to His word and their services to Him despite their need. And angel Gabriel visited Zacharias with glad tidings whilst he was serving before God.
Another example is the three friends of Daniel (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego) who refused to bow down and worship the golden image of king Nebuchadnezzar. Their refusal to worship the image was punishable by a torturing death but that did not stop them from trusting God with their lives. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up (Daniel 3:17-18).
We serve God not because of the things and gifts we get from Him but because we are His and belong to Him.
- Have you stopped serving God because He has not answered your prayers?
- Why do you serve and worship God?
Prayer: Father, I worship and adore You! I pledge my allegiance to You and to You alone, to live all my days worshiping and serving You. Amen!
Read: Luke 1:5-12