As my kids and I were leaving the park yesterday, my son announced that he lost 2 of his prized knives at the park. (I hadn’t even realized he’d brought them) Upon our arrival back at the park, we spoke to a man who had actually found one of the knives. Honestly, it was pretty amazing, as the kids had run over a mile during their playtime and the search area was close to a football field in length.
A few nice people joined in as we began earnestly searching for the 2nd knife, although my son couldn’t even remember what color it was. (goodness) After about 15 minutes I finally remembered to pray for the Lord’s help. (i’m a little slow occasionally) Right when I was done, my daughter spoke up and said, “I prayed that God would help us find the knife.” (yes!) Now that 2 of us had prayed, surely we’d find it, right? However, after 5 more minutes, it was still not found, and it was time for me to end the search and call the knife lost.
My daughter sat down on the slide in defeat and said, “We prayed that God would help us find the knife and He didn’t. How rude!” I was a bit taken aback by her comment and momentarily unsure what to say. I reminded her that God is faithful and that one of the lady’s promised to continue looking while she and her son’s continued to play. God could help her, and she’d call us if she found the knife.
As we made our way down the trail to the entrance of the parking lot, I spotted the knife. While pointing it out to my daughter, I said, “I told you God is faithful. He heard our prayers and He always will.”
This morning I read 2 Peter 3:3-4, “scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?”
My son should not have taken something so valuable to a playground in flimsy costume pockets. It was not God’s “fault” that his knives were lost. Yet, because we were struggling to find them, my daughter forgot all the other amazing things God has done and all the other answered prayers she has witnessed.
Just because Jesus has not returned, does not mean He won’t. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
In frustration or impatience, we cannot forget all the promises God has been keeping since He created this world. He has been faithful, He does not lie; and if He said He will return, then He will. Our prayers aren’t always answered with a yes, but God is always faithful to hear them and His will for our lives is always in our best interests. He loves us. He truly loves us, and His faithfulness endures forever.