Imagine being a parent to an unruly child. They say “thank you” when they get something, but they tend to create scenes or just rebel when they don’t get their way. For some of you, that may actually be your reality (or maybe you’ve seen those types of children before).
You cooked them dinner, but all they want is McDonald’s and Dairy Queen. You tell them to “wait until we get home because we are almost there”, then they get mad and start crying. They start asking “why do you hate me?” and make comments like “my friends mom buys him food all the time.” All you want to do is give them what’s best for them, but all they want is what seems good right now.
Children love candy and junk food…. until they’re at the dentist because of their cavities. Children love junk food and could eat it day and night, but they don’t realize they’ll eventually struggle with their weight, heart diseases, diabetes, etc. It’s easy for us to see it because we’ve been there or seen that story before. Yet, you love them so you cave every once in awhile and let them get what they want and try not to force them into the right path all of the time.
When that child grows up they won’t understand the value of cooked meals, because all they did was eat out. That child may not understand the value of hard work or saving, because all they did was complain until things went there way.
Now put yourself in that child’s place and see the parent as God.
That’s how most of our spiritual walks are going. God loves us and wants what is best for us, but we are chasing what we see and desire now.
“God I want to marry him/her”, and God is saying “no” only because He sees that wouldn’t keep you in His will. Some people we chase are full of lust, pride, sin, and may not even be seeking God. Some “blessings” we seek God for are probably curses, because they will turn our hearts against God. God knows when you seek Him for some things and you aren’t ready to handle them, you’ll make idols out of them. You don’t see that, all you see is “God has forgotten me and I’m tired of waiting…. I’ll just do my own thing.”
The Bible says to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, everything else that we need will be added later (Matthew 6:33). We also read that God doesn’t withhold anything from His children walking uprightly (Psalms 84:11). Understand that if you don’t have it yet, it’s simply not your season for it. Whatever God has for you can be delayed a little, but the devil cannot deny what God has for you.
Trust God when you don’t understand. God is always speaking to us, but there are times when we don’t know what God is doing and we simply have to trust Him. Don’t complain when things don’t go according to your plan, just pray for the grace to be patient for your answers.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
– Tovares Grey