I prayed, But it Got Worse…

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There are times I have been angry with God because He did not answer my prayers when I needed them answered, He did not intervene when I needed Him, He took so long and at times, things got worse. I call myself a woman of faith, I believe in the God who makes way, whose promises are yes and amen. He says ask, and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened for you. Many times I have obeyed, I have asked, I have fasted and prayed but seems have gotten worse. Have you ever felt this way?

The widow at Zeraphath had little food left, there was a drought and even the brook had dried up. At this point, I think the people’s main prayer request was for God to send them rain. When Elijah asked for food, she said “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Think about it, who asks for food from a poor widow amidst a famine?

I see a desperate woman, who is ready to die because of the famine, and she could use some more food herself, but instead of God sending the rains, He sends a prophet who needs food. It’s like trusting God for finances to pay house rent, and instead of Him providing the rent, you also run out of cooking gas and water, yet He expects you to give a hungry neighbor the only food you have left. So after Elisha insisting, ‘She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.  For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.’ (1 Kings 17)

Notice that God provided for this widow without sending the rain. She never ran out of food even though there was a drought in the land. God did not send the rain, instead He sent Elijah. He did not give her what she wanted; But He gave her what she needed. Could it be that God has answered you, but you overlook the answer because it is not the rain you asked for, rather it is provision of oil and flour?  Could it be that you are overlooking a miracle that is right in front of you just because it does not look like?

A good father does not give his children all they ask for, because he knows their true needs, he knows what is best for them. At the moment, a child may be angry and disappointed, but with time they will see the miracle. God is a good father; even in silence He answers prayers. At times His answers come in form of a storm, in our eyes, things may seem worse, we don’t see the full scope. Maybe we are really focused on the missing rain and fail to notice the miracles around us. Maybe what seems to be getting worse is the blessing we prayed for in disguise. Rejoice in the fact that God knows your true needs, the answer may not come in the form of rain as you expect, but He surely will send an answer. He knows what’s best for you.


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