BCL Grow: "My God Will Hear Me" — Micah 7:7
Micah 7:7 (Providence)
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But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. — Micah 7:7
“God wants us to come to him empty-handed, weary, and heavy-laden. Instinctively we want to get rid of our helplessness before we come to God.” — Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World, p. 42.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: It can be easy to look at social media postings and think that almost everyone else has the perfect life. They don’t; it just looks that way online. Of course, you know people who are worse off than yourself, but you may be focusing on your friends who are engaged, married, married with children, or have what appears to be a dream-come-true lifestyle. It seems like you may never have that kind of life. Dwelling on what you don’t have can make you bitter and resentful toward God, instead of trusting in him (Prov. 3:5–6).
2. Know: Remember that you are not seeing the whole story of a person’s life on Facebook or Instagram, so try not to compare. There is a reason why God tells us not to covet: it is a very destructive activity (Exod. 20:17). Pray to the Lord and let him know your fears and anxieties about the future. He wants you to lean on him (1 Pet. 5:7).
3. Rest: As the old saying goes, “All that glitters is not gold.” Marriages that start out well don’t always end that way. Careers that seem promising can go awry at any moment. Don’t be tempted to rush into marriage, a certain job, or any other serious commitment because you think it will validate your own self-worth. God doesn't tell us everything he is doing, and sometimes we ask him for things that wouldn’t be good for us in the long run. Your end goal is not to find happiness on this earth but rather to bring glory to God in all (Rom. 11:36). You can trust that God hears your prayers and has both a purpose and his own timing in all he allows.