Have you ever asked God for something and you didn’t get any response or rather, you got more or less than what you expected and then, you’re beginning to feel somewhat disappointed, angry and depressed.
I have. And then, you begin to sound like that man in the bible that was comparing himself to the sinner.
Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ”God, I thank you that I’m not like other men-extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector, I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I possess
And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner!’’
“I tell you this man went down to his house justified rather than the other, for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted.’’ Luke 18v9-14
Well, my point here is have you ever gotten to a stage in your life when you know you know you’re serving God..as in big time. You know you deserve at least some things from God as a follower and then you whine..”Oh God, I don’t drink..
sobs…, I don’t smoke..more sobs coupled with a little
anger, I don’t sleep around, I don’t cheat, I don’t do all those stuffs
sinners and unbelievers do and yet, you’re not even doing anything for me,
you’re leaving me here to rot or allowing people to wonder where my God
is…Why cant you do something that will make people know that I serve a true and
living God?!!!ehn..why..oh why!!! And then, if you’re likely to sink into
depression at this stage of your life, then, that’s an icing on the cake for
you but most times, you can go around looking moody most especially after your
whining to God,(cos God will definitely not answer that kind of Prayer)…the
instruction was to ASK…, not whine
He goes further to say-
“If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone?, Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish…
If you then, being EVIL, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy spirit to those who ask Him?’’Luke 11v11-13
From the passage above, what I was made to understand goes like this…
“just because I didn’t give you what you asked for doesn’t mean it’s not the best for you. Just because you see others lavishing in wealth and carrying Louis Vuitton, Gucci, cool blazers, Paris Hilton shoes…, snapping delicious delicacies to show on facebook, and any other social media just to make you envious and wonder where is your life actually going without stuffs like that doesn’t mean I don’t have you in mind or I didn’t give you the best.”
Sometimes we look at our lives and wonder why God would even allow somethings to happen to HIS OWN…as in, you’re even vexed and wondering If God loves you at all and you just don’t understand somethings anymore but read that above passage again…”if your own earthly father cannot give you a snake when you ask for fish, haba now!!!!...is it God(all good, all sufficient and all gbogbo e)that will now give you the opposite…(rephrased)
Just because it’s not what you’ve always dreamed of or it isn’t better than what your mates have or flaunt around you doesn’t mean it isn’t the best one for YOU!....YOU are different, YOU are unique..
Well, Mister or Miss X may be earning more than you…who cares, God has given you something better than what you asked for even if you don’t know it. You don’t even know what Miss X is going through with all the material things she possesses…, and you don’t even know how each person generates wealth for themselves.
Or do you bear the same surname or come from the same biological source?
And so, what YOU don’t know the source OR you’re not even sure of or you don’t even know how everything comes to play, ALL YOU see is PHYSICAL manifestation, you don’t know the kind of water that has passed under the bridge for her. You don’t even know her time schedule..
If you were to be in her shoes, Can you do what she’s doing..Do you even know how many men she has to sleep with, how many strings she has to pull or whatever she has to do?...i’m sure that’s a HELL No!! for you.
And so, what you have and know how to do (prayer), please do it well. Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking. It’s not easy, so many distractions, so many things will try to pull you away but that’s why we have Jesus.
Like my mum was telling me a story one time like that about a man that had to be carrying sacrifices at night to the graveyard just to get wealth. N gbati o le gbe ebo, kuku se e ti o le se(meaning, when you know you cant carry sacrifice/ritual to the graveyard or do what the worldly people are doing to get wealth, do what you can do best, which is the right way NOT a shortcut…PRAY!!!)
No shortcuts to wealth because it ends up costing more than you ever imagined. If you don’t pay for it, your generation would. Ever wondered why people sell their souls to the devil? Even The devil tempted Jesus with the same offer But HE refused to take the shortcut and went the way of the CROSS!
Imagine if he had taken a shortcut…hmmmm, that’s the end of the story for mankind. It’s not what we’re saying NOW that we’ll be saying.
Jesus said.."what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses HIS SOUL?''
He who has Jesus has everything beloved ones of God. Godliness with contentment is great gain.
It shouldn’t be Seek wealth first, then Jesus can be added to it, but IT IS:-
“seek ye first the kingdom of God, then all others(e.g wealth, hubby, clothings etc)will be added unto you.’’
So with this in mind, I hope you can be strong and be of good courage…
and because the Lord is at your right hand, you shall not be moved. Read the word, believe it and Live it.