Day 82

Read Luke 18:1-14.

Devotion by: Anonymous
Unrighteous Judge, the Pharisee and the Publican

…Don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? I tell you, He will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will He find on the earth who have faith? Luke 18:7-8

How often have you asked God for an answer to prayer and that answer was not the answer that you were looking for? How often do you lose faith, give up or even turn away from God because you think your prayer is not being answered?

God does answer our prayers, and we need a mature faith to know that God’s timing is perfect timing. I remember the day that I received a call that my mother was very sick and I should come now. I took the next flight out of Tampa to Charlotte. After reaching there and meeting my siblings at the hospital, we were told that mother had coded and things were touch and go. We immediately went to the hospital sanctuary where we fervently prayed that God would heal my mother. I faithfully heard God tell me, “She is going to be just fine.” I stood on those words for the next three days as the doctors did everything in their power to physically heal my mom. After open heart surgery, the doctors told us that that evening would be crucial. Her life would depend on whether her liver could recover from the infection that had taken over her body. “If not,” the doctors said, “We will need to make the decision to disconnect her from life support in the morning.” The next morning, walking down the hospital corridors felt like walking the last mile of a life’s journey. The entire time I prayed and held onto the words God had whispered to me so gently in the sanctuary a few days earlier. As we met the doctor, he said, “I am sorry. There is nothing more that we can do for her.”

I was angry! I felt deceived! I cried out to Jesus as I kneeled in utter despair, “You told me that she would be just fine!” Through my emotions, a flood of peace washed over me. I heard Jesus whisper so gently to me, “She is! She is just fine.” And, you know what? She is!

God is the Almighty God. He sees our hearts, He hears our prayers, and He tests our faith in Him. God is patient and loving. He sits and waits patiently for His children to accept and follow Him. His timing is perfect as I found that after my mother’s death. His answer may not have been the answer I was looking for, but it was the answer that was in God’s plan.

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn't answer doesn't mean he don't care
Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.
-Garth Brooks

Was my mom’s death a gift? I am not sure. But what came from her death was godly wisdom, peace and a gift beyond measure. She was a true gift in my life, and her legacy lives on through what God had envisioned for me. Rest in peace, Mom, in the comfort of our Heavenly Father’s arms.

Jessica Spivey