Friday, December 25, 2015


I ask you, dear saint, if there is any regret in your life. Is an unfulfilled expectation distressing you? Has something offended you in Christ? Did you call out to Him for help, but He didn’t come in time? Have you been praying for an unsaved child without any visible results? Do you feel imprisoned in a difficult marriage or job, and yet nothing has changed despite years of prayers? Do your requests seem to be falling on deaf ears?

Right now, Satan wants you to be impatient. He wants to make you anxious about God’s promises concerning your life, your family, your future, your ministry. He’s working to convince you that God is too slow, that He has ignored your requests, that He has left you behind. The enemy wants to bring you to the point where you’re ready to give up all your confidence in the Lord.

That’s right where Satan led John the Baptist. Yet, John did the right thing in his moment of distress: he took his doubt directly to Jesus who knew immediately that John was calling for help. Jesus so loved this man that He gave him exactly what was needed. As a result, I believe John never again voiced his impatience. I’m convinced that when John stood before the executioner, his last words were, “Jesus is the Christ, the Lamb of God. And I am John, the voice crying in the wilderness. By God’s grace and power, I have made His path straight.”

Likewise, beloved, God is doing a work in you and He will finish that perfect work in your soul. Your job is simply to hold on in faith. Then, when you have endured, you’ll be able to say: “Christ is resurrected and enthroned. I am His beloved and I have no regrets. He has fulfilled all my expectations.”

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).