It seemed like a hopeless cause. My wife and I had been praying for a way to win a man to Christ after his family had gone through a terrible tragedy. It didn’t seem like he would ever get saved. Then we decided to have him over for dinner to talk some more. That was when I found out we were too late. The man had already trusted Christ before our meeting. Sometime between our last conversation with him and our dinner that night, God had put someone in his life who led him to Christ. God is working even while we’re waiting for Him to answer our prayers. There is nothing that He cannot do.

Sometimes we will find ourselves in situations where there is nothing we can possibly do. Once we’ve done everything we can, that is the time to leave the matter in God’s hands. This means we need to pray about the situation. And it means we need to trust God to do what is best, even when we’re tempted to try solving life’s dilemmas ourselves. Only when we learn to rest in God will we have the joy of seeing Him come through for us.

There’s no such thing as a hopeless situation, friend. But there may be some situations you’ve grown hopeless about. Do you have a relationship which has suffered from miscommunication? Is there a person you have taken every opportunity to lead to Christ, but he or she just won’t accept it? Write down five things you want to see God work out in your life, and commit them to Him in prayer. He’s working, even while you are waiting. Don’t dismay when He delays. Trust Him to do what is best for you today.

By prayer the Christian can open his heart to God, as to a friend, and obtain fresh testimony of God’s friendship to him. — John Bunyan

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder