Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So the saying goes. However, as with many other sayings, there are exceptions to this rule, especially as relates to the things of God.

A few days ago I was talking to the Lord over a personal matter (which is not evil) for which despite doing all the right things for a long time in order to attain a certain promise He once gave me, I still get the same result – zero fulfilment of promise. I believe it was He who later told me, “Just continue doing what I told you to do.”

You see, we children of God must never conclude that we are insane if by doing what God told us to do we do not achieve the desired results as quickly as we expect. Many things come to fruition after a long time of spiritual sowing, watering, weeding, and pruning. And as a matter of fact, some things for which we are continually doing all the right things we shall not achieve in this dispensation. However, God will give them to us, or reward us for enduring in faith and in well-doing, during the age to come. Before then, you will seem insane, but God will be commending your ‘insanity’ of doing the same things over and over again and yet receiving the same undesirable outcomes.

In Luke 18, Jesus told us a parable of a widow who because of her persistent asking received what she desired. By this parable, Jesus was teaching us that we always ought to pray and not lose heart. Definitely Jesus was talking about God’s willingness to answer our prayers. However, Jesus concluded that lesson with a statement that I believe means that by the time He returns, some prayers will not have been answered, yet He will be pleased to find us believing Him for the answers. For He said, “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1)

The Bible talks about faith-filled saints who died without seeing what God had promised them. It is written that, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them . . . And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise” (Hebrews 11:13, 39). Did God lie to the ‘these’? Certainly not! They did not see the promises of God before they died, but saw them when they went to heaven, and will continue to experience those promises in the coming Kingdom of God on earth.

Therefore, keep on believing God, even when you do not see results. Keep on doing what God told you to do, even when you do not receive the outcome He promised. Your ‘insanity’ is being commended by God right now. You are obtaining “a good testimony through faith” (Hebrews 11:39). Your ‘insanity’ will definitely be rewarded either in this age, or in that which is to come.

God bless you.