Perhaps you have a desire that you’ve been waiting on for years. It’s a perfectly healthy desire, nothing sinful about it–but despite prayers and seasons of both patient and impatient waiting–it has yet to be fulfilled. It could be the desire for a spouse, it could be the desire for a child, for health, for family relationships to be healed, for the salvation of a loved one. But the thing you long for has never happened. It’s not wrong to have such desires–they aren’t inappropriate or unbiblical. But sometimes the desire of your heart goes unfulfilled and the longing remains.
What do you do in that situation? You keep trusting. You keep hoping. You remember that you are not alone in the history of people of faith who did not see earthly desires fulfilled (for further reading, check out the last 5 verses of Hebrews 11!). God loves His children and works to provide for us, but the world we live in is a fallen one, and because it is fallen–even holy desires may go unfulfilled for a lifetime (or, if not quite a whole lifetime, it still feels like one!).
That’s when you keep stepping forward in faith. That’s when you say, with Job, “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.” You put your foot down and refuse to let the cares of this world and the ache of unmet desire cause your faith to waver. God is good. He is. This world…it’s not all good. But we’re looking forward to a better one.
Looking forward with you,