April 14, 2015

HOW GOD MAY ANSWER OUR PRAYERS.....


I BELIEVE GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS BOTH DIRECTLY BUT, MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, INDIRECTLY. OR, PUT ANOTHER WAY, HE CAN SPEAK AND IT IS DONE, OR, HE MAY USE 'MEANS' TO BRING 'WHATEVER' TO PASS.

There was a preacher who fell in the ocean and he couldn't swim. When a boat came by, the captain yelled, "Do you need help, sir?" The preacher calmly said "No, God will save me." A little later, another boat came by and a fisherman asked, "Hey, do you need help?" The preacher replied again, "No God will save me." Eventually the preacher drowned & went to heaven. The preacher asked God, "Why didn't you save me?" God replied, "Fool, I sent you two boats!
I do believe God could have reached down with His own arm and plucked the preacher from the water. After all He led Israel waterlessly through the Red Sea. Water is no problem to God, and, to use the prophet's words, His arm is not shortened that it cannot save. But in another instance He sent a big fish to save Jonah and directed that fish to spit him up on dry land. In this way God used other than human means. However, God could have saved both Jonah and the preacher directly, even as He delivered the Hebrew men from the fiery furnace. He mysteriously appeared right there in the furnace with them. But, in the cases cited, He rather chose to use 'means.' And, more often than not 'the means' principle' applies to any area of life.
We can obtain wisdom from God, indirectly, by means of a tiny ant... Pro 6:6
6" Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise..." So, we observe and learn.
OR.....
God can miraculously infuse wisdom in a moment.... Jam 1:5
"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him."
Therefore, we should not presume upon God but actively learn wisdom from sources all around. Nor should we limit God but seek Him intensely to give what we need at any given moment. So, we look down and around for wisdom; We also look up for it. However we go about it, God loves to give what is needed in every day life in whatever way He pleases.

- dc