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When God impresses upon our minds some pleasing thought, everyone is happy.  What about when God sends a displeasing word?  What about when we pray for health and illness lingers? What about when we ask God to send us to a particular place and God sends us elsewhere? What about when we intercede for God to perform some specific act and God does just the opposite? What about when we petition God for rain and no rain falls?  Can we follow God when the response we get from our prayers is a response that is not to our liking?  One day, the Captains of the remnant forces came to Jeremiah with a request for prayer and guidance.  When the prophet agreed to pray and then to tell them what God said, they replied, “Whether it is pleasing or displeasing we will obey the voice of the Lord our God” (Jeremiah 42:6). Nowhere in Scripture or in human experience, are we promised that God will answer our every prayer with pleasing responses, no matter how hard or long we pray, nor how many people we enlist to join us in our requests.  Sometimes, in spite of our efforts, God’s answer is displeasing to us.  Following God when directions are displeasing surely is a mark of spiritual maturity.

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