I read this morning about how Saul and his friend went looking for his father’s donkeys (jackasses if you prefer a more earthy vernacular). Saul was looking for jackasses, but Samuel was watching for Israel’s next king, pre-selected by God.
Sometimes it’s easy to get earthbound with all of our responsibilities, concerns, challenges, etc. When you consider the contrast between Saul & Samuel in 1 Samuel 9, it’s an interesting study in viewpoints, priorities and the different ways that God directs our steps. Personally, I want to be more like Samuel than Saul. I prefer to be led by God based on a deep & intimate relationship with God rather than like Saul who stumbled into God’s will on the earthbound search for his dad’s jackasses ,)
If you haven’t read the post below this one, i’d encourage you to read that one 1st – its short & sweet & will help you understand this post. Here’s my counter-point from what i said below – Jesus gives us what we need, when we need it; nothing less or late. There was a season in my life when i would’ve argued this point & there are times when i still find myself not so happy w His choices for me. Nevertheless, i still believe this is true: Jesus gives us what we need, when we need it.
Now here’s some of my thinking: there are times when we’ve asked Jesus to do something & He hasn’t done what we asked. In some ways, this relieves me because it gives me confidence in Him that He’s going to make decisions for me outside of my preferences. This is comforting to me because i think this is what all good parents do. If i gave my kids everything they wanted, they would have some serious struggles. Furthermore, i have confidence in God that He makes better decisions for my life, than i do (He’s got more wisdom, insight, understanding, etc). Now i’m not advocating that we dismiss prayer as futile. But i’d encourage you to view prayer from a conversation perspective moreso than a request perspective. While i think that the Bible encourages us to make our requests to be made known to God (Philip 4), be careful not to get pouty if you don’t get your way – i’m speaking mostly to myself here. 😉
Sorry for the long delay in blogging. Last week was a rough week – I caught the cold my kids had, we had TV taping & I had a few other plates I was trying to spin (I dropped a few plates).
Here’s something interesting God spoke to me last week & perhaps you’ll find it helpful: “don’t reject or diminish God’s provision because it doesn’t meet your expectations”.
I’ve really mused on this idea, especially in light of the events of Jesus’ life leading up to His crucifixion. Humanity rejected God’s provision of Jesus because He didn’t meet their expectations (along w many other reasons). I see myself doing this as well. For example, God will give me strength to go through a situation but not rescue me from it. So because He doesn’t “rescue” me, I get bent out of shape w Him rather than being grateful for His strength. How about the times when I’m not really happy w Reece (my husband) for whatever reason? Or what about when my job isn’t going quite like I want it to?
Please understand, I’m not saying that we should just bury our head in the sand & pretend that everything is always sunny w no rain. However, I think that we can often be a gripey bunch of humans when we don’t get our way. If things aren’t going as you’d wanted or planned, then look around for God because He’s probably doing things off the plot – praise Him! Whew!