“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?” (Luke 11:10-13)
But sometimes we think the snakes are the gifts. They appear in the most deceptive,appealing masquerades. Relationships. Clothes. Status. Jobs. Houses. Desires. We don’t feel complete peace about receiving the gifts but the human reasoning of the mind shouts loudly over the still small voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to the heart.
“I don’t have time to wait.”
“What if nothing else comes through?”
“I’ve always wanted ….”
“I don’t want to be alone.”
“That’s not what I hoped for”
“All my friends are getting….”
“I can’t take it anymore.”
When we resist waiting for God’s best for us, the result is a conflict which slithers itself through the biggest decisions as well as the routine moments of life.
It’s a human problem attested by the narratives found in scripture. The golden calf wasn’t created as a decoration.
Waiting isn’t for the faint of heart. Sometimes, it stinks. But God wants to offer us not just the gift but Himself. It’s more than we asked for. It’s a reward that can’t be measured by human value; even if we get what we wanted. Because God knows we deserve better than a snake in disguise.
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