Let’s be honest, getting what we want is easy and fun. It is easy because there is no stress in getting your way, yes we may fret some and pant a little but in the end we get what we want. The fun is that we get to enjoy the gift or outcome of a given situation on our terms which is typically a win. And if you disagree with this you are either lying or WAY more holy than I am, kudos The difficulty in the reality of getting what we want when we want is that it is completely self-centered.
We see the given prize as our arrival, we see receiving that “perfect” grade on our test after debating with our teacher for an hour as the justice we are due. After praying for any given thing in life and not receiving at the time that we believe is “perfect” is seen as an injustice on God’s end. We believe that if God really loves us then, our asking of him in our every prayer will be answered with exactly what we demand.
The reality is that when God doesn’t hand over to me my every demand my response is anything but Christ-like. My response is resentment, bitterness, slander, envy, covetousness, and all other kinds of sin. All of which I believe are the opposite of the fruit of the Spirit. AND the issue there is that as a Christian, I am called to live by the Spirit and not of the flesh (Galatians 5:16-24). That is when is necessary to be reminded is that He is God. We are not. I am not. For me to see and understand the beauty of a perfect Father withholding things, removing people, giving good gifts to his redeemed yet sinful children is impossible(Luke 11:11-13). I personally love to receive gifts from people and God because it makes me feel important as well as special. I often easily (sinfully) find my identity and self-worth in how much someone actually is willing to give to me depending on a given circumstance.
But the lie I (we) tend to believe in all of this is that if God withholds something from me or if He does not gives me what I ask for then, He doesn’t love me. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Truth is that if you are believer in Christ, you have a perfect Father who withholds good things and bad things from you because He is infinitely for you in the valleys of life and in our victories. In fact, He loves us so much that He sent His perfect son to take our place in public shame of death on a cross in order to be in relationship with us (John 3:16). The Truth is that our Father has already given us everything we could ever need in the death & resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:3). The Truth is that if God never answers another one of my prayers, Christ paying the penalty of my sin is enough and more (Ephesians 1:3).
“Just another imperfect guy trying to love a perfect God>”