What we think about God; MATTERS! The month of April has been a pretty good month. I would even dare to say, the Lord has been very good to us, as a family. Have you ever felt a bit anxious because it appears that every prayer you’ve prayed and even those things you did not pray for are being answered? During the month of April, the Lord miraculously answered a few of our prayers. This is not a new phenomenon; we’ve seen the Lord work in our lives on numerous occasions. But every time He does it, I am surprised and a bit flabbergasted. As a matter of fact, I go through a range of emotions. First there is joy; unadulterated joy in the Lord for what He has done, disbelief that He would actually do this thing for me (what made me/us so special?) then apprehension (what will this cost me/us?). It’s almost an amalgamation of shock, joy, disbelief and apprehension. Of course, I evaluated these emotions, especially the anxiousness and apprehension and their possible repercussions. Why are these emotions there? I know the Lord does not want me to take His blessings for granted, but did He intend for me to accept these gifts with trepidation? I don’t think so! Did you know what I believe about God matters? It matters because what I believe affect my attitude. And my attitude controls my actions. Does God give in one hand and take away in the other? What does the Bible say about that?
- God is love – 1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
- God loves to give – James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
- God gives freely – Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
The next question that needs to be answered is why. Why does He give us these blessings/gifts?
- He gives so that we can give Him glory and honor – Isaiah 25:1 Praise to God, O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, For You have done wonderful things, Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
- He gives so that we can tell others about Him (testimony) – Psalms 71:15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousnes, And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits.
- He gives because He wants to make Himself known to us/ it helps in our spiritual growth – Jeremiah 9:24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord, and also II Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
- He gives because He loves us – 1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
This is in no way a comprehensive list of the reasons for the Lord’s blessings. Some explanations we may never receive. Unanswered prayers are also blessings from the Lord, because Romans 8:28 tells us, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Isaiah 55:8,9 also reminds us that our ways and our thoughts are not the Lord’s. We can trust that the Lord is ALWAYS GOOD.
Has the Lord answered, yes, to any of your prayers? Please share. Has the Lord said, no or perhaps wait? Please share with us.