Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.

Proverbs 21:21 (ESV)

“We can’t find your paperwork.” Ever heard that? Shortly after the American Civil War ended, Confederate General Robert E. Lee signed an “Amnesty Oath,” requesting that his rights of citizenship be restored. His request was sent to Washington, D.C., where it was promptly lost. General Lee died without ever being pardoned or restored. More than 100 years later, a clerk at the National Archives discovered Lee’s Amnesty Oath in a long-forgotten trove of documents. It was President Gerald R. Ford who finally signed the order restoring the General’s citizenship.

This is the way it often seems as you pursue a life of righteousness. You’ve done your best to do what’s asked of you, but there seems to be no response from God. No answer to that financial need or health crisis. No answer to your prayers for wayward loved ones.

It’s almost as if your requests have been lost in some dark, forgotten corner of Heaven, never to be heard or acted upon by the Lord. But rest assured your answers will come! He promises life, righteousness and honor. At just the right time, God will respond. Until then, be faithful, keep praying…and trust.

 

Today’s One Thing

Tell God you trust Him to answer your prayer in His time, not yours.

Going Deeper

James 5:7-16; 1 Samuel 13:8-14

Suggested Intentional Living broadcast

How Prayer Changed a Family

 

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