If God is faithful, why didn’t he answer?

Marshal West Blogs, High School, Marshall, NextGen

I’ve been at Crossgates for a little over 20 years. Once you’ve been somewhere long enough you see things and collect some pretty great stories. One story in particular that I always remember is one God uses constantly in my life as a reminder of His faithfulness. When I was 16 years old I was leaving church and walking out to my truck to leave for lunch with my family. As I was getting into my truck, I noticed the man in the car next to me. He was trying to start his car but his car wouldn’t start. I had a brief moment of thinking about leaving him there because I was more focused on being hungry, but I knew I had to try to help in some way. I walked over to him and asked him if he needed any help jump staring his car with the jumper cables I had with me in my truck. His response was something I will never forget. He looked at me as he got out of his car and said, “No, we don’t need the jumper cables, we just need to pray.” I thought that was an odd thing to say, but he walked over to the front of his car and laid his hands on the front hood. Looking at me to do the same he didn’t start praying until I also had put my hands on the hood of the car. He then closed his eyes and began praying fire down on the car. He was asking God to start the car, to show us how faithful He was by starting the car from nothing, and to prove Himself bigger than our small problem. The man then walked back to the driver’s side of the car, jumped in and tried to start the car. I was anxious to see what would happen next. He turned the key, and nothing happened. The car didn’t start, the key didn’t even click. The car was still sitting there dead and silent. He walked back to the front of the car and again said, “Let’s pray harder, and really believe.” However, I quickly reminded him of my jumper cables and that it would only take a moment to hook up and charge his battery. He insisted we didn’t need them and he began to pray again. This time he prayed harder, he was more specific, and by this point I was nervous to see what would happen. After praying he returned to the driver’s seat and cranked the car. Nothing happened. The car still sat there dead and silent. He approached the front of the car again and wanted to pray again, but again I stopped him and reminded him of my jumper cables in my truck. He was insistent we didn’t them and that God would be faithful to provide. However, as a hungry, and now aggravated, 16 year old, I told him “good luck” and left him with his dead car. As I drove away I remember thinking about God and asking questions. Could God have started that car? Could God really do something that crazy? If God is faithful why didn’t He provide? Did I not believe in the prayer? Was I the reason it didn’t start? As quickly as I started to doubt and wonder why God didn’t do what we asked, He quickly spoke something deep into my spirit. He simply said, “I was faithful and I did provide an answer to the problem. The answer was you and your jumper cables.” It was that moment my questions went away and I was amazed at God and His work in the simple things. God provided an answer to the man’s problem with the car. I had the answer, and the man simply didn’t want that to be the answer. He wanted God to do something huge, something unexplainable, and something miraculous. He was so convinced God was going to do something big that he missed the fact that God had already done something big. It was small. It was as simple as a teenage guy parking beside him earlier that day with jumper cables that would solve the man’s problem. God is faithful. We just have to be willing to see it. We want big crazy moments when God wants to use small things to remind us of his huge faithfulness. One day we will fully see God in His faithfulness when He returns and we get to reign with Him for all eternity. Until then, we need to see the small things a big God does to remind us of His faithfulness.

– Marshall

Psalm 89:8

O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies!

Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord?

You are entirely faithful.