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When You Can’t See It
By Joel Osteen - Jul 29, 2022
We all have goals and dreams and promises we're standing on, and when we see God's favor--doors opening, our health improving, the right people showing up--it's easy to believe that God is at work. But sometimes when we're praying, believing, and doing our best, there's no sign that it's going to happen. Every circumstance says, "You'll never get well. Never meet the right person. Never accomplish your dream. You're no better off now than you were a year ago." It's easy to get discouraged and give up on what we're believing for. We think, "God, just give me a sign that You're working. If I could just see something improving."

But the Scripture says, "Faith is the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). If you have the evidence and can see it, it's easy to stay encouraged, but that doesn't take any faith. To reach your destiny, there will be times when there is no evidence and you have to dig down deep and say, "I don't have to have the evidence. I'm not moved by what I see; I'm moved by what I know. And God, I know that You are faithful to what You promised." Don't believe the lie that just because you don't see a sign, God is not working. In the unseen realm, God is arranging things in your favor, lining up the healing, the right people, the promotion.

When you can't see anything happening, God is showing you that He trusts you. You don't have to see everything to keep moving forward. You've matured to the point where you "walk by faith and not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). To get to where God is taking you, the amazing future He has planned, requires you to trust Him without a sign. If you have to see everything to stay encouraged and keep believing, it will limit how high you will go. You have to pass the test of staying in faith and thanking God when it feels as though He is on vacation and isn't even hearing your prayers.

The silence doesn't mean God has forgotten about you. He sees your faithfulness. He sees you doing the right thing when it's hard. When you could have given up, you went the extra mile and kept believing and praising. Every thought said it was never going to happen, but you kept thanking God that He was working. Let me encourage you that your time is coming. What God promised is on the way. Don't let people, delays, or doubts convince you to give up. Your breakthrough is already on the schedule. Your miracle has already been set in motion. Get ready. What you're believing for is going to happen suddenly, unexpectedly.
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