“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 
Isaiah 55:8–9.

When Things Don’t Turn Out How You Expect

Have you ever prayed and felt like God was going to give you exactly what you wanted? Yeah. Me too. My husband and I are looking for a place to live that is closer to our church and also less of a burden financially. We found a home only two doors down from our church (you can’t get closer than that)! We connected with the owners, loved the property, and had so much peace. I honestly thought it was in the bag. However, the owner of the home received a better offer than ours and told us they were sorry for the inconvenience.

I was crushed. I cried and I said to my husband, “Why is this happening to us?” “What is God trying to do?” For a moment I felt so helpless and then, I wiped my tears away and decided to speak faith into my situation.

We have one month to find a new place to live—which is not impossible, but it would have put my heart at ease to know that I had somewhere to move. After I had a boo-hoosession, I lifted my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help (so to speak) and I told God, “You must have something better for us. You know the end from the beginning. Help me to trust You.”

Speak Faith

Maybe you are facing a more serious situation in your life and you are not receiving the answers you desire. It can be difficult to put our worry, needs, marriage, children, job, home, etc., in God’s hands because we do not know what He is going to do to bring our answers to pass.

I wish I could see what He sees. There are times when God gives us a glimpse of His plan, but it’s often a little bit at a time. If you’ve cried some tears, that’s okay, we are human. But, don’t live in a state of hopelessness. Take time to pray scriptures out loud and speak faith into your situation.

Angela Overton

Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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