“…Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  Matthew 17:20

Overview

During times like the current Pandemic, it is difficult for some people to follow their faith.  When people lose their jobs, have loved ones suffer severe illness, not able to meet with close relatives or friends, and frustrated in general with all the restrictions, it is challenging to maintain their faith in God.  After reading the verse above, many people think God should respond to them immediately, and with the result they requested. 

Many times the answer to a prayer is different than requested and may not be as quick as we expect.  Faith in God will lead to an eternal life of happiness.  That does not mean that your requests for help on earth will be delivered as you requested.  Sometimes your prayers are answered over time in a way that you did not expect.  Many times the result is better than you hoped because you did not know about future events.

My Experience

Like most people, I experienced many challenges over the past six months.  My business suffered because of the Pandemic, which caused financial difficulties in our family.  I broke my leg and suffered from gout.  My daughter gave birth to twin boys, and I have not been able to see them. These challenges are similar to the ones many people are experiencing. 

It would be easy to become discouraged when I pray for help, and my troubles are still there.  In my case, God answered my prayers, but not as I expected.   Five months after I broke my leg, the doctor told me I had to have surgery, and I would not be able to run again.  He told me I need access to a swimming pool so I could get my exercise that way, or I could walk on a treadmill.  I prayed for help.  A little while later, while I was preparing for a Bible School class, I read about the Daniel Fast.  I went on the twenty-day fast, and my leg healed within two weeks after completing Fast.  The doctor said that he did not know how the Fast helped my leg except that Fasting over that many days causes the body to produce CBD.  He said that the CBD could have been a factor. 

The fantastic point is that my reason for going on the Fast had nothing to do with healing my leg.  I wanted to experience what the people of Biblical times experienced.  God answered my prayer with a solution that I did not expect.  If I had not acted on the idea of doing the Fast, I might have still needed surgery.

Summery

We must maintain our faith in God during challenging times.  Sometimes the answer to the prayer requires work on our part.  Do not turn from God when you do not see the solution you expected.  Trust God and be aware that after time passes, the answer may be much better than you expected.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.