I am currently reading through the New Testament with the Message Bible. It is a popular modern translation that tries to bring the essence of what the Bible says into today’s language. While not a replacement for more precise translations, I enjoy reading it to see certain scriptures in a different light. As I was reading yesterday one popped out to me…
What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving.
It seems to me that when I am focused on getting, I often miss what God was trying to give me.
I can remember times I was so focused on what I wanted and how I could get it, that I was blinded to the fact that God was answering my prayer in a better, but different, way than I expected. In fact I would say that most of my great breakthroughs were delivered by God in a way I was not expecting at all. He seems to get a kick out of doing that.
Getting often involves taking something with force, rather than receiving what God has given us. God loves to give us gifts and wants to bless us. The challenge is to wait to receive from Him rather than taking things in our own energy with our own force.
I wrote a post about this a while ago. In it I talked about how using credit cards could be robbing us of a blessing. If we pray and ask God to provide something for us, we could be stealing an opportunity for God to bless us in a special and unique way if we just run out and charge it just because we don’t want to wait. The keys, of course, are trusting God and having the patience to wait for it. I know I have jumped the gun and missed it more times than I can count, but it is a personal goal of mine to become more of a receiver of God’s blessings and less of an impatient taker.
I know the lines between the two can often be very fine and shades of gray, but what do you think?