When God’s Answer Isn’t What You Expected

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What should we do when our prayers seem to go unanswered? This week, John Bailey and Mark Renfroe talk openly about their own life experiences and discuss ways to be at peace with God’s will, even when it does not line up with our expectations.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • It can be challenging when we pray, and God doesn’t answer in the way or timing we expected, even causing some to abandon their faith.

  • We must trust that God has our ultimate good in mind even when our present circumstances aren’t what we hoped.

  • The day when Joseph was promoted to second in the kingdom, he woke up in prison. It looked like every other day, but God had other plans.

  • John and Mark discuss the life of Peter and the unmet expectations he encountered as he watched Jesus get arrested and crucified.

  • Discouragement, despair, and depression live somewhere between met and unmet expectations.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Genesis 37–47; Proverbs 18:22

About John Bailey

Pastor John Bailey serves as the Chief Operating Officer at World Challenge. John came to know Christ in jail after some difficult struggles as a young man, and God has done a powerful work of transformation since! Spending 13 years in Next Gen ministry, he excelled in discipleship and helping young leaders discover giftings to serve God. John was called next to serve as a missionary and pastor in Western Europe. John and his family then returned to plant the Springs Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Today, the church is a thriving body of believers excelling in outreach and missions. John has now brought his giftings and vision to World Challenge, accelerating the spread of the gospel in America and around the World.

About Mark Renfroe

Mark married his college sweetheart, Amy, with whom he has four adult children—one girl and three boys. The Renfroes have been involved in field missions work for 30 years. They served in the Arab community of San Francisco for four years before becoming foreign missionaries in 1995. Mark was asked to serve as the Area Director for Assemblies of God World Missions in 2007. As part of his role, he led missionaries and interfaced with national church leaders in the 18 countries of the Arab World. In 2017, Mark created Reaching Africa’s Muslims, an initiative to mobilize, equip, and deploy indigenous African missionaries to reach Muslims on the continent. Mark has graduate degrees in Intercultural Studies and Executive Leadership. He currently serves as the Chief Missions Officer for World Challenge in Colorado Springs.

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