Before you call I will answer; while you are still speaking I will hear. I know you sometimes feel as if you’re alone—in the dark. You continue praying because it’s the right thing to do, but you wonder if your prayers make any difference. When you are feeling this way, it’s good to stop and remember who I AM—the King of Glory! I transcend time. Past, present, and future all are alike to Me. This is why I can answer before you even call out to Me.
No prayer of yours is ever unheard or unanswered. However, sometimes My answer is “No” or “Not yet.” At other times your prayers are answered in ways you cannot see. My wisdom is unsearchable—immeasurably beyond your understanding. Take time to think about the wonders of My infinite intelligence and to delight in My endless Love for you. If you persist in this intimate adoration, you will know beyond any doubt that you are never alone. You are Mine!
“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”
~ Isaiah 65:24
Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty—he is the King of glory.
~ Psalm 24:10
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
~ Romans 11:33
The saints in heaven love God for His own sake, and each other for God’s sake, and for the sake of the relation that they have to Him, and the image of God that is upon them. All their love is pure and holy.
~ Jonathan Edwards, [Heaven: A World of Love]
OVERCOMING EVIL WITH GOOD
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
~ ROMANS 12:21
Returning good for evil is one of the most difficult obligations a Christian has. Yet from Old Testament times, that has been God’s command to the godly person: “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you” (Prov. 25:21–22).
The expression “heap coals of fire on his head” referred to an ancient Egyptian custom. A person wanting to show public contrition would carry on his head a pan of burning coals to symbolize the burning pain of his shame and guilt. When you love an enemy enough to truly endeavor to meet his needs, you hope to shame him for his hatred toward you.
To avoid being overcome by the evil done to you, you must first not allow it to overwhelm you. Second, you must not allow your own evil responses to overpower you. In either instance, the evil itself must be overcome by what is good.