I have said, “I don’t know” multiple times today, to myself… and then I got a call form someone asking for prayer and wondering why their prayer had not already been answered, the only answer I had was, “I don’t know”. I remember hearing Kathryn Kuhlman say those words to Johnny Carson when he asked her why it was that everyone was not healed in her services. She followed the “I don’t know” by saying, “It’s the very first thing I am going to ask Jesus when I get to heaven!” That stopped Johnny in his tracks, completely disarmed by her full on radiant smile.
When I read the Bible there are other “I don’t know” times there for us to learn from. If you had asked Noah, when instructed by God to build an Ark to save the lives of his family and a pair of every animal, how he was going to do it, I am just about positive he would have answered with, “I don’t know”! However he was willing to do what God had told him to do even though it took one hundred and twenty years to complete it and complete it he did. He built it so well that there is proof that part of that structure built of gopher wood still exists on the side of Mount Ararat.
If you saw Moses when he was in the back of the desert caring for the sheep of his father-in-law if he would be able to deliver his people from the bondage of the Egyptian Pharaoh, I think he would have scratched his head and maybe said, in my words, “Beats the heck out of me” (translation: I don’t know). Think of the moment he came to the edge of the Red Sea with those millions of people looking to him for leadership scared and reporting that Pharaoh’s army was just over the hill coming at them full speed. “Hey Moses, how are you going to get all those people across the water?” Then there was the time he hit the rock and the water gushed forth, or walked up onto the mountain, spoke with God and received the commandments written by the finger of God on tablets of stone. “How did that happen Moses?” “I really don’t know!”
I could have asked Daniel how he would keep from being eaten when thrown in to the lion’s den, or his friends how they would survive the furnace after it had been heated seven times hotter than normal.
Let’s skip over to the New Testament and ask Peter how the jail doors were going to open to let him escape, iron gates open of their own accord to let him through. I think he would have shaken his head and declared complete ignorance of how he would do it outside of a miracle of God.
There are so many examples in the Bible of how people had impossible tasks in front of them yet they were able to do it. They didn’t have to know how; it just took the faith to believe.
Psalm 37: 4-5 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
What does it mean “delight yourself also in the Lord”? The definition of the word “delight” is, “a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture”, so I would think that would mean to take great pleasure in doing the will of the Lord. What is His will?
Matthew 22: 37-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”
It isn’t easy to love your neighbor as yourself especially if you don’t like that neighbor, right? What about the person that is diametrically opposed to your political views, or your view of what is right and wrong? A little harder isn’t it? What about the person that broke up your home, influenced your children to do something that got them into trouble, now I have just quit talking and gone to meddling in your bizness, I know, right?
What is my point? No point I guess, it’s just that I don’t have the answer to why your prayer isn’t answered the exact way you want it to be. I have had prayers answered exactly like I prayed (and very recently so), and I have prayers that I think God put on the shelf and said, “Wait a while!” But I know that if I “delight myself in the Lord” and try to the best of my knowledge to follow Jesus’ command to “love the Lord with all my mind and heart and my neighbor as myself” that I will get my answer. Blaming God for not answering quickly enough is never the way to go, just sayin!