This is true wherever you go. God would never demand your faith in him merely or mainly through intellectual arguments. Though excellent and profound, it is not enough. You really need both to experience him personally and understand the intellectual teachings. However you can’t expect people to cook up their faith when nothing is happening even in the background. Of course, sometimes God takes a long time to respond. However He will respond, and looking at the world how broken it is today, politically economically or spiritually, we cry out to the Lord. He knows.
I spoke on a short video on God will give you a basis for you to build your faith. https://youtu.be/gWdPBnJGfy8
When Jesus walked on water in the dark hours in a stormy evening , the disciples’ boat was about to sink. They saw Jesus’ walking towards them and they were afraid thinking it was a ghost. But Jesus called on them and assured them and Peter even asked to walk on water too and he did! The first and ever man walking on water in history till today! No one has attempted that feat! When Jesus stepped into the boat, immediately the storm died down, and the disciples looked in amazement and awe and even asked “ Who is this man that even the storm obeyed him?” Ha-ha! That’s faith building right there . I bet the discipleship’s faith jumped a hundred fold that night! What’s Jesus doing to them? Do you think he was just being late and decided to walk on water? That storm was no accident. Jesus wanted to send a message to them that He is above the storm! He is above the natural forces! You and I can be assured he will come through for us! Jesus will never let us down.
Sometimes the answer to prayer has taken a long time, but it’s coming. Though it may not look like what we have asked but God knows better. You just have to trust him for that.
Similarly it will be unrealistic and unreasonable for the Lord to demand our faith when we don’t see anything happening. There are times like that we are going through, and we just have to wait upon the Lord.
Isaiah 40:28–31 (NASB95)
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
29 He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
30 Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
31 Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
God gives strength to the weary. Are you weary? Hang in there with the Lord, He will give you strength.
Those who wait for the Lord, will soar or mount up with wings like eagles!! Waiting upon the Lord purifies us, purifies our motives.
If you are weary, and we do from time to time, you should wait upon the Lord. Waiting means hoping in the Lord. Without hope, no one can wait. It’s hope of the result from God’s help, that keeps us going. Wait for him!
I want to say that, once you have seen the Lord working in your lives, your heart will begin to settle down in peace. Without seeing the Lord’s working in your lives despite your many prayers and years of waiting, you will get restless. Restlessness due to prayers request not answered, can wear down a person. We need to see God working in some ways. From the testimonies of millions of Christians, God will come through. Look at David, the Lord is my strength, my shield.
Ps 5:11-12. 11 But let all who take refuge in You be glad,Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may exult in You.
12 For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.
May God shelter us, so that we may sing for joy, let all who take refuge in God be glad! Once people feel how the Lord shelters them, they will love His Name and will exult in him as a result. Exult means with loud celebration and shouts of triumph! Exult–feel or show triumphant elation or jubilation.
How do you exult in God if you don’t experience Him?? Experience of God must come before us shouting in praise unto the Lord. The reason many Christians feel dry because they hardly experience the Lord’s goodness. Experiential theology is completely valid and embedded in the whole book of Psalms, championed by the greatest King of all times of Israel—David.
Come let us taste that the Lord is good.
Psalm 34:8–10 (NASB95)
O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
9 O fear the LORD, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.
Have you tasted that the Lord is GOOD?