No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.1 Corinthians 10:13
Growing up, I always enjoyed watching game shows. One, in particular, was the show where couples had to answer with their partners’ favorite things or other random answers. It was a test of how well you really know someone. It was funny to see the reactions of people with mismatched answers. At times, it could even be a little cringey. But I’ve learned the mismatch is not as fun in our prayer lives.
How many times have we prayed to God for an answer even though we already have the solution in mind? It’s a mismatch; we have one answer and God has a different one. It gets uncomfortable when we see God’s “no” or “not yet” against our own plans. That’s when we begin to question things. Who knows what’s best? It’s God; He truly knows us better than we know ourselves. A word of advice; the quickest way to discontent is to hold on to an answer that God never guaranteed or promised.
But even in the middle of a mismatched answer, we can hold on to the fact that God is faithful. He will give us a way to endure whatever situation we’re in. It’s an opportunity to lean into the one who knows us better than we know ourselves. It’s a moment to reflect on why our answer differs from God’s. It’s a chance to find true contentment in our Heavenly Father’s response.