When we pray, we tend to pray for things we want and even things we think we need rather than for God’s will to be done in our lives. But eventually, this ends up hurting us more than it helps.
After Jesus drove out a demon out of a young boy in Matthew 17, the disciples came to him and asked him why they were unable to drive the demon out of the boy. Jesus’ answer was this: “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20 NIV).
These were the disciples who walked with Jesus in day-to-day life, ate with Him, and witnessed His miracles. Some of them had just seen the transfiguration. Yet here Jesus is, telling the disciples that they have so very little faith … less than a mustard seed even.
So, in our own lives, when we tend to have a lack of faith, it shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise. But as we learn to trust Jesus more in day to day life, it becomes so much easier to trust Him in the big things. If you learn to trust that Jesus will provide for the “small” things, then you will learn to trust Him in the much larger scale issues in life. And sometimes this happens in reverse, you have to learn to trust God for a huge thing so you end up trusting Him in the small stuff in return. But it is so much easier if it happens the other way around. And that is not to say that trust is ever necessarily easy. However, Romans 8:28 says,
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”
(Romans 8:28 NIV).
So, no matter what you are facing, God can and will work it out to be a good thing. Let me preface this by saying that if you are deliberately sinning, there will be consequences for that, whether now or in the future. Every action we take, whether positive or negative, results in either a positive or negative outcome. That being said, God does work so intricately in our lives.
I was recently asked, “How can something bad be used for good?”
My response was something along the lines of, “Well, I’ve seen it happen. That doesn’t mean that God intended for that bad thing to happen. I was diagnosed with epilepsy at 14 and because of that, wrote a book to be able to share Jesus’ love and grace with others.”
I prayed for my entire high school career that I’d never have another seizure. That didn’t stop me from having them. But my epilepsy opened up doors that I could’ve never imagined – doors that would’ve never been opened without having a disability.
I encourage you to check out the context of Romans 8:28 (Romans 8:18-27), as that verse is planted directly after an entire passage about suffering. That is to say, “You’re going to struggle and you’re going to want to give up. But don’t. Because right now you can’t see what God is doing in your life. Trust that He knows what He is doing. The Holy Spirit is advocating for you and He knows what you actually need. ”
Author Bio: Amanda loves Jesus with all of her heart. She is a junior at Gannon University majoring in Theology with a minor in journalism. She enjoys spending her spare time enjoying creation, especially with her German Shepherd mix and painting anything from her Bible to furniture. She also enjoys walking on the beach, swimming, most sports, and helping at church. You can read more about Amanda at Grace Unbroken.