A good friend sent me this devotion from: Kit Pharo, Pharo Cattle Co. Cheyenne Wells, CO. She often passes these along to me and this one spoke volumes to me, hitting me right in the center of my own prayers. To recognize that God is enough can be very difficult especially in the midst of any kind of struggle: financial, emotional, physical or spiritual. I hope it resonates for you as well:
“In May of 2006, we realized that our ranch was in dire need of moisture. We were in BIG trouble. We prayed for rain. We asked others to pray for rain. Members of our church prayed for rain. Rain seemed like the ONLY thing that mattered. That was my perspective.
It was during that time period that I started wondering about God’s perspective. What was God’s perspective in all this? It didn’t take much studying to discover that God’s perspective was much different from my perspective. I realized that God sees things from an eternal perspective. He knew that whether we got rain or did not get rain wasn’t going to matter 100 years from now.
I started wondering if my prayers were not being answered because my perspective was all wrong and because I was asking God to bless me with rain for the wrong reasons. There is no doubt that my reasons were very selfish in nature.
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:3
Ironically, when I tried to see things from God’s perspective and quit selfishly praying for rain, we started to receive an abundance of rain. Our ranch ended up being in better shape than it had been for the previous seven years. I am reminded of what Jesus says in Matthew 6:32-33.
…your heavenly Father knows that you need these things. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:32-33
God wants our faith in him to be so strong that we are able to blindly trust him in ALL circumstances good and bad. God promises that he will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). I know, without a doubt, that if it had not rained at all, my family and I would have been okay. After all, we would still have the Lord. From an eternal perspective, that is all that we really need.
May God’s Will be Done on Earth as it is in Heaven”