Sometimes God does not change your situation because he is trying to change your heart. God is more interested in shaping your character than answering your prayer. He is also more interested in your character than your comfort. When God is building your character in the valley, this is when you should know that there’s a purpose for your pain. This is the very reason why Jesus calms the storm sometimes and then lets the storm rage and calms his child the rest of the times. Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Because your character is what you really are, and your reputation is what others think you are.
God judges not so much the outside than he does the inside. He looks to the motives, thoughts and intents of the heart. He is using all of our experiences, both good and bad, to develop our character to match our calling. He changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He is mostly concerned with changing us within the circumstance. Our inner strength and our integrity matter to him the most because they are everlasting qualities. He is aware that the wisdom and the maturity that grows within us are all the qualities we’re going to need to sustain the life he intended for us.
Lord we thank you for working on our character every day. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone, it is always you the same God at work. You are always doing something new in our lives and we believe in you.
The word of God,
The sword of the spirit
1 Corinthians 12:6