Sometimes we’ve misunderstood some things, so our faith gets redirected. Sometimes we have our minds set on a certain timing, and we get disappointed. But one way or another, God fulfills what He has spoken. His word does not return to Him empty. Sometimes we have to contend with our own hearts and circumstances to remember that.
Our training isn’t done until we can stare contradictions in the face and still have a heart of peace that hopes against all hope. We learn quickly that God doesn’t cultivate our faith by rewarding it immediately, like a dog trainer who rewards a good trick with a treat. He normally cultivates our faith by hiding Himself, then encouraging, then hiding again, and repeating the cycle.
This game of hide-and-speak is frustrating but essential. And when we learn to hope against hope in what God has said, hope receives its rewards.
Chris Tiegreen is an award-winning author of more than 50 books and discussion guides that have been translated into more than 30 languages and read by more than 5 million people worldwide. He is also a collaborative/supporting writer for other communicators (i.e., ghostwriter) on more than 20 book projects, and writer of hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles on a wide variety of topics. He and his family live in Atlanta. For more of Chris’ writing, check out his website at www.chris-tiegreen.com.
Adapted from The One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional, ©2014 by Chris Tiegreen, Tyndale House Publishers.