Are you an “Indian Giver?”

You pray for God’s help, give Him your problems, but you take them back and worry about them again. This habit indicates a lack of faith in God’s promise and ability to take care of you.

As we continue our life’s journey, trials are always on the horizon that cause us to hesitate or stumble. So many things face us that it is easy to get distracted and pulled off course.

Things happen and as a Believer we are to bring our difficulties and problems large or small to God in prayer, believe we will receive a resolution, and wait for His response. The problem occurs when we give God our difficulties and then take them back as though God is incapable of responding or unable to deal with our request. In other words, we are the “Indian Givers”. We give God the problem and then take it back, try to come up with an answer, and worry about it in the interim.

 

Is it that we do not feel God is able or that He is too busy to address our problems. I know I have done this many times. In fact, I was a worrier stuck in the habit of worrying over the difficulties I encountered. “Casting my care upon Him…”[God] (1 Peter 5:7, KJV) and taking them back and worrying over them without realizing that this was addictive behavior that was detrimental to my health.

As I mature in my walk with God, it is easier for me to understand how destructive being an “Indian Giver” is to me spiritually, mentally, and physically. How can I acknowledge a faith in God if I do not believe He is more than capable of resolving any problem that I may have? After I have done what I can do, I leave my cares in His hands. The important and the hardest part is leaving the problem there and going on with my life and above all stop worrying? Worrying was really having a detrimental effect on my life. I read Matthew 6:25-34 frequently.  In fact, I wrote these verses from Matthew on a 3×5 card and read them every day.

It has taken a long time to break this bad habit and place my faith in God to the point that I am not an “Indian Giver.” It is really hard on occasion and I lapse, but quickly I am reminded by the Holy Spirit that the problem is no longer mine. I have given it away to Him who can do something about solving it—God.

Helpful Scriptures from the King James Version of the Bible for the worrier:

Philippians 4:6 (KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Psalm 37:5 (KJV)

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Psalm 55:22 (KJV)

22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 34:15 (KJV)

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Psalm 56:3-4 (KJV)

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Philippians 4:6 (KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Matthew 6:25-26 (KJV)

 25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Matthew 6:34 (KJV)

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Frustrated Child

Have you ever wanted something so bad that you just had to have it? I remember my desire to get a car, a new car. I was taking the bus to work every day. You pray and pray. Every day you strengthen your faith, anticipating the arrival of the desired object was just around the corner. You are confident in the fulfillment of your request and just to insure you get a positive response from God, you pray diligently and gave extra in charity. To really seal the deal, you are especially nice even to people you do not particularly like. With all things in place, you continued to exercise your faith that your request will be answered in a positive way shortly. Of course, you realize that God works in His own time, but with the good behavior you have been exhibiting your hope is that the Father’s response is prompt.

As time passes your belief begins to weaken. Satan, who has been whispering in your ear all along, starts to get louder. God will not answer your prayer. He is not listening to you. By this time, you are beginning to doubt God’s responding to your pray.

Have you ever seen a child having a tantrum perhaps in a store or on the street much to the embarrassment of his or her parents?   To show frustration as an adult perhaps in a fit of anger you kick a can or perform some other childish behavior because you have not received what you wanted. When God looks at us having a temper tantrum what do you think we look like, a child having a tantrum.

Your doubts about a response from God invites Satan to change his whisper into a shout in your ear and you fall into his trap of disbelieve. Do not listen to Satan, God does answer pray, but He works in His own time. I am a personal witness of the truth of that statement. So many times God responds to pray in ways we do not understand. You may not get the exact item or response you are looking for, but He may respond to your request in a way that He feels is better for you. Just as a parent will not always react to their child’s request exactly as they wish them to, God responds to requests as He sees fit. He wants the best for His children.

Always remember and do not fall into Satan’s trap of disbelieve, God knows better than we do what is best for us. Every day I remind myself that the God is Jehovah jireh (The Lord will Provide) and regardless of how it looks, He will see to all the needs of His children in His own time.

Oh by the way, I got the new car I wanted in the Lord’s time, and guess what I was able to pay for it in cash, no car payments attached.

Check out the following scriptural references on waiting for the Lord:

Psalm 24:14 “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (KJV)

Psalm 37:4-5, 7 “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him; fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” (KJV)

1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (KJV)

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