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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