“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” –Isaiah 65:24 (NIV)
Often times, a good doctor can tell what is wrong with a patient even before the patient himself utters a word. Outward signs, such as overall complexion and severity of coughing for example, can often be enough information for doctors to understand the situation and recommend prescriptions accordingly. But doctors usually do not do this right away. They first wait for the patient to tell them what is ailing them. Only after the patient requests to undergo treatment does the doctor act. Doctors cannot simply force treatment on someone, but are required to wait until the patient willingly submits himself to the doctor’s expertise. When this happens, doctors are required to act towards the restoration of the health of the patient; doing all that is within their power to bring healing.
In His infinite wisdom God knows exactly what we need. He has created us and knows us intimately well; even better than we know ourselves! As the embodiment of love and righteousness He wants to provide for us in our time of need. Yet He will not act if we have not submitted ourselves to Christ and His perfect will for our lives. If we in our pride have rejected Him by clinging onto our flawed wisdom and understanding, we cannot assume that He will grant us what we need. Only when we have come with humble hearts to Him in prayer, making that choice to trust in His flawless guidance and allowing Him to direct our steps, will He unveil the wonderful plan He has in store for us according to His faultless timing. By abandoning our pride and fear; running instead into the arms of Christ and acknowledging that His ways are better than ours, we will be able to find rest in His promise that He already knows what we need in our situations and will lovingly provide for us when we ask.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.