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The Oct. 15, 2016 edition of CCM Magazine

Have you been praying, perhaps crying out to God for answers, but all you seem to get in return is silence? Static fuzz? Crickets? Maybe in this waiting it even feels like everything is going to turn into a “No,” anyway?

Something that has broadened the depth of my understanding and trust in God recently is the fact that He simply doesn’t have to answer us. In The Knowledge Of The Holy, A.W. Tozer writes, “God is said to be absolutely free because no one and no thing can hinder Him or compel Him or stop Him. He is able to do as He pleases always, everywhere, forever.” And, shocker-of-the-century, here: He doesn’t owe us anything!

We can learn so much from Job, here. Like him, choose to trust God. He could have cursed Him, but instead asked, Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity? (Job 2:10). Though He slay me, I will hope in Him (13:15). God is always in control, even when the demons have been unleashed on us.

When the answers don’t seem to come, as painful or excruciating as it may be, don’t assume the worst and please don’t give up. Instead, use this as an opportunity to learn even more about the God of the universe—this infinite Father who created and loves you. Spend even more time with Him. He does hear you, and He knows every single thing you want and need. …and He will answer you! Wait. Trust. Believe. Accept. Worship Him always.

Blessings,
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About The Author

Kevin Sparkman
Managing Editor

After both on-stage and front-office experience in the Christian recording industry, (including co-founding Exit 3 Entertainment, Inc. and General Manager of hip-hop label Beatmart Recordings), Sparkman returned to Salem in 2014 from a Dir. of Communications position in the United Methodist Church. He became the Managing Editor of CCM Magazine in January 2015.