I know…I know….but I want to cover this subject….
See, I have seen A LOT of people in grief and I know that when the pain is in the heart, the mind is not where it SHOULD be.
I know people say things, or do things, that they regret whilst in pain or grief…and one of those things they do is point the finger…at GOD.
When a beloved departs, usually they say “Why did God do this to me?”…Or when life presents a problem suddenly without warning we say “It’s God’s fault for abandoning me”…well, not to sound callous or cold hearted, but does it ALWAYS have to be God’s fault?? Let me explain….
We CANNOT blame Him for EVERY WOE when we ourselves do not THANK HIM for every joy. If God calls one of us home, then it is because He had a DARNED GOOD REASON…though we may not see it at the time. If we lose our job, or are presented with a life challenge, it is not because He wants to “mess with you”..or to teach some painful lesson about how if you do not treasure things He will take them away…like a petulant child having it’s candy privileges revoked….
Perhaps it was to spare the departed further pain…or to spare those left BEHIND further pain…perhaps it was simply “their time”….WE will never know. Then again, perhaps that job was not where HE wanted you, or that solving THIS problem helps resolve ANOTHER problem further down the road in your life.
This is why it is so important to TRUST HIM…
“Truly, O God of Israel, our Savior, you work in mysterious ways.” -Isaiah 45:15 (NLT)
God has a reason for EVERY LITTLE THING that He does…and who are WE to question it? Do YOU pray?? I mean to say…do you PRAY OFTEN?? Better still, I should ask you: “Do you live the way HE wishes you to?” If not there is a VERY good reason He will not answer your plea..
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” -Isaiah 59:2
Again: DO YOU PRAY?? I do not mean once or twice a week at Church, or twice a day (when you wake and when you lay your head down at night)…I mean PRAY…that also means PRAISE Him for those things He does throughout your daily life that just fall in to place…the electricity does not fail, the food does not burn, the car starts…I know it may SEEM silly…but take this into consideration: How often has God ANSWERED your prayers and you just IGNORED thanking Him??
“We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will.” -John 9:31
If God wants you to do a thing, why do you balk? Do you expect Him to hear you when you are in pain, when you do not praise Him in your joy?? That is called “Hollow Worship”…when you pray ONLY when it is required. Will God listen to you asking for an explanation even though you only speak to Him when YOU need Him??
“Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.” -Job 35:13
So the next time something happens, and you cannot understand why God does not answer you, or puts a burden on your heart or mind or life, smile!…yep…SMILE and say “Thank you Father for putting Your trust in me…the trust that I can handle this burden”
He would NEVER throw you a curveball…He wants nothing more than your complete happiness! You do not put heavy things into a ripped bag do you? You do not put your best China on a wobbly shelf, right?
“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.” -Mark 2:21-22
So why put a new prayer onto a frayed soul?? Try INSTEAD putting COMPLETE faith in His will, and trust that He knows what He is doing in your life!
Seek Him out! DAILY…HOURLY if need be….praise Him for His workings through you! Workday go alright? THANK HIM! Family come home without injury?? PRAISE HIM! Still have a job? THANK HIM…see, we do not approach Him when ONLY problems occur…we want to let Him know we DESIRE HIM IN OUR LIVES EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, not just when we have a problem. How do we do that?…by thanking Him for EVERYTHING He has done for us DAILY.
No one goes to a bank for a loan if they do not have a job, or equity to cover the debt…No one brings in a dirty battered car and says “Here, help me with my other problem now”…instead you try to bring in the best looking as possible so they will say “your right, I am getting a good deal for the loan of my money to this person”. This is why you need to keep your soul clean and in repair!
So, before you go and lay your problems at His feet…make sure your hands and soul are cleaned by RELYING on Him and TRUSTING Him..that way when you NEED His reassurance, His presence of comfort, His loving arm around your shoulder you KNOW He is listening.
And so before you point a finger and say “He did this to me”…ask yourself…did He?..Or is it just that YOU did not keep your connection with Him clean and strong…
Try living a GOOD life, following His laws and commandments, and when you need Him to be there for you I can PROMISE you your prayer WILL be answered….
Peace be with you….<3