Day #7: Has God Gone Back on His Promises?

"Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find, knock, and the door will be opened."

Matthew 7:7, NKJV


There's a lot to take in, for a Christian today. Yesterday we witnessed the beginning of a new era in America... an era that I don't believe many will enjoy. It is easy to become discouraged, especially for those who are accustomed to dealing with people who have integrity. I don't believe there are many people left in government who have that particular trait. Since I believe that, I am preparing for the worst, physically, but for the best, spiritually.


That may seem strange until you truly consider the promise above. It was uttered by Christ, therefore it is absolute. I know many of you have been praying that evil men would not succeed in their evil deeds, and now you may feel let down because it may appear that they have succeeded. But don't forget this important aspect of prayer: God's will!


Think back to Jesus' prayer in the garden. He prayed that if it was God's will that "this cup be taken from Me". The cup given to Him at that time was death on the cross. But Jesus did suffer death on the cross, so did God fail to answer Christ's prayer? The answer is obvious: God did answer that prayer, for Jesus prayed that God's will be done.  As we now know from history, it was God's will that Jesus be crucified at that time that our sins might be forgiven. So Jesus wanted one thing: That the cup be taken from Him if it was God's will. In effect, Jesus asked and it was given to Him. He sought God's will and found it. Jesus was not let down by God at all - His prayer was answered.


Now look at the present situation. Evil men with evil intent have appeared to have got away with their evil plans... but have they really? For have we not been praying for God's will at the same time we have been praying for wicked men not to succeed? It may have appeared at the time that wicked men succeeded by killing Jesus, but it actually turned out to be a victory for all who believe in Christ.


The uncertain events of the various times on this earth are no different. If evil men are given power for a moment in time, it does not mean that God's will is not being done. It may very well be that a complacent church in America ushered in these wicked men. No less than a supreme court justice said recently that we were too quick to give up our rights, and he was right! Notice how many Christians and how many churches have "eased back" on their service to the Lord for "health concerns". How ironic that people would try to save their physical health, while at the same time committing spiritual suicide.


Think about that for a moment: Thousands of churches gave up meeting together... for their health! That's like a young man or woman giving up their virtue to save their purity.  Life just does not work that way. So, if you are concerned about the illegal and unconstitutional events of recent days, that is all well and good! But don't act as if God has somehow reneged on His promises. It is just as true today as it was yesterday: Ask and it will be given, seek and you will find.


Unfortunately, I believe what we have "found" is that there is a price to pay for unfaithfulness to God. The question is: "What will we do about it."


Today's reading is from the 7th chapter of Matthew. It contains great hope for those who will embrace the truth's contained in this portion of God's Word.