“And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.”
In the verse above it says, “And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel…” You would think that because the LORD visited His people that they were about to see things change for the better in their lives. What they found out was that the LORD’s visit didn’t mean that He would do what they wanted Him to do on the timeline they wanted Him to do it.
Every believer would love to say that the LORD visited them, but like the children of Israel, many believers are disappointed in what happened when the LORD visited them. Every believer must be comfortable with the way the LORD does things in their lives after He visits them. Let me share with you some things that the LORD’s visitation doesn’t mean.
First, it doesn’t mean things will get better. The children of Israel quickly found out that things got worse instead of better. Just because the LORD has visited you doesn’t mean everything in your life is going to get better. The LORD visited Job and things didn’t get better, and the LORD can visit you and you may find out things may get worst. Don’t let the LORD’s visitation cause you to think that things are going to get better because of His visit.
Second, it doesn’t mean things will change immediately. Israel found out that the changes they wanted didn’t immediately start happening in the way they wanted them to happen. You must realize that God doesn’t work in the format that humans think He should work. The LORD may not give you the changes in your life in the manner that you want Him to make those changes. You need to accept the LORD’s manner of working, even when how He does things doesn’t match your way that you want Him to make the changes.
Third, it doesn’t mean what you want will happen. Israel saw changes, but not for the good. The LORD’s visitation doesn’t always mean that it will be beneficial for you. You need to understand that God works everything out for good, but it may not be for your good.
If the LORD’s visitation doesn’t mean these things, then what does it mean? It means that God knows your affliction. He knows what you are going through and He has promised that He won’t allow more on you than you can bear. God knows what you are facing, and it may seem overwhelming to you, but if God allows your situation to continue it means that He knows you can bear it.
Second, the LORD’s visitation means God has heard your prayers. The one comfort a believer can take from the LORD’s visitation is that He has heard your prayers. You may not feel He has heard your prayers, but He promises to hear and answer them.
Third, the LORD’s visitation means God will do His will in your situation. God’s will to change your life situation may not happen on your timeline, but you can be assured that His will for your life will be done. Be patient with God that He will work things out in your situation according to His will. One thing you can take solace in the LORD’s visit is that you were in His presence and that you don’t have to endure your struggles alone.