Posted by: Anne | January 17, 2015

He knows, and so, He may say ‘No.’

“I want!”

Immature children seem to think that simply because they want something, they are entitled to it. There are times when I can give my son exactly what he wants, and it often makes me happier than it makes him! But there are also times when I won’t give him what he wants in the moment because I know it’s not good for him (candy before dinner, removal of consequences from bad choices, etc.). In the instances where I have to say no, he will often follow up with “but I want!” as if that will change things and convince me to give in.

In those times, I’m reminded that just because we really want something doesn’t mean we should automatically get it. Often we are told ‘no’ in our lives because what we want is not good for us or it’s not the right timing, like having candy before dinner. Sometimes getting what we want in that moment may spoil our appetite for something awesome God has for us later. We can tell God what we want, but if he says ‘no’ or ‘not right now,’ or ‘how about this instead?’ we need to accept it instead of whining about how we really want it. The sooner we can learn this lesson (which unfortunately comes through experience with God telling us no) the more peace we will have in our lives.

Here’s the truth: God cares more about our character and helping us grow than he does [about] giving us what we want when we want it.

Some people treat God like a celestial vending machine; push the right buttons and He’ll give us whatever we want whenever we want it. We have this idea that God exists to serve us and if he doesn’t we get a little mad at him; sometimes we even pout about it.

We can trust, however, that everything He does works for our benefit, according to Romans 8:28.

God came to Earth and died for us. Doesn’t it make sense that He will continue to love us? Why make such a great sacrifice of love only to ignore us? Why give so much and then not take care of us? Wouldn’t that make Jesus’ sacrifice meaningless?

God loves every one of us and works for our good. Sometimes it’s hard to understand His ways and His thoughts but He cares deeply for us and works to help us in all situations.

Read more at the sources:

http://www.crosswalk.com/family/parenting/kids/5-lessons-to-learn-from-your-toddler.html

http://www.crosswalk.com/family/finances/debt/why-doesn-t-god-give-me-what-i-want.html

http://www.middlesborodailynews.com/news/lifestyle-religion/151148789/Treating-God-as-a-celestial-vending-machine

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