We first need to remember that God is God and we are not God and that his ways are above ours. He sees the future, we do not; he lays out the foundations of our life, yet our ways lead to destruction
Sometimes God will tell you no, he will decline your prayer request and say “Son, Daughter; my answer is no.” When this happens we are at a crossroads. We can either take offense to God and be angry or we can pursue after the will of God and find peace in his answer.
How do we find peace in the instance of God saying no? I mean, you prayed for God to get you that new job and then God slammed the door shut in your face, how are you supposed to be happy and find peace? We first need to remember that God is God and we are not God and that his ways are above ours. He sees the future, we do not; he lays out the foundations of our life, yet our ways lead to destruction! Why does God have to say yes, if that is the case we are God and he is not. See if your God never disagrees with you then your worshiping yourself.
God sees into the future while we do not, God may see that job leading you into self idol worship while you do not. God may see a different job for you where you get to witness to others yet you do not see this in the future. God says ask and it will be given unto you as long as what you are asking for is within his will. So if God says NO to you; then we are to know that what we prayed for was not in his will. He has something much better for you.
Do not take offense to God when he tells you no. Years ago I wanted to be apart of a youth leadership team. God told me no and to leave that church. I was flabbergasted at this. Come to find out, the youth group turned into petty fights and left God; God wanted to remove me from that situation before it even happened to me. God knows what is best. Put your trust in him and remember God is not your fairy God mother giving you all your wants. He will give you all your NEEDS not wants. He is for you not against you.
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We live in such a rampant society filled with meaningless things that become an idol to us and distract us away from God and the things he has planned for us. Everywhere we go we are blasted with our most favorite interests; either it be football; baseball; or the new album by our most favorite bands. How often will we miss church and worship time with God just to see the Detroit lions lose once again (sorry Detroit fans haha). How often will we not attend midweek service because it is too cold out or our favorite show is on. How often will I stay up playing that new video game when God is telling me to spend time with him. How often will you or I spend 20 dollars for that extra bottle of wine but not pay the tab of the seemingly poorer person in line behind us who is fumbling through their last penny.
Anything that we decide to serve or do over the will and love of God is serving another god; our own selfish desires. We are the body of Christ; the church. Each member of the church or us, the people have different roles to play. Some of us are called to be the arms of Christ to reach out to the poor and homeless while others are called to teach and others to heal. Why are the homeless not being helped to the capacity that they should be? Why do we have sick in the streets and why are small amount of christians; dare I say it; illiterate in the knowledge of Gods word- the bible. Why is no one teaching the word of God anymore? Of course these questions are rhetorical but, the point remains.
Now, I do not want to sound like a downer; many of us are serving God in the greatest capacity that we can. What I am simply trying to say or do is to bring attention to serving Gods will above what our desires are. Maybe the lions will be super bowl champions; maybe not; but do not let football or whatever society feeds us distract us from the will of God and become idols within our own lives. God is great and magnificent and deserves to be praised in all areas of our life; in the grocery store, watching the lions lose and not swearing at the television and also in our churches, God alone needs to glorified.
Sincerely I do hope the lions win because I’m from Michigan
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