These children of mine.
I promise they do not understand the word NO. For example, it’s been 4 weeks now that my husband and I began this workout regime. It also comes with an eating plan and healthy shakes. This plan is for 90 days. My kids love shakes and smoothies. So I have this one daughter, who consistently asks to taste it and I consistently say no. I have explained why she cannot have this particular one. I cannot recall how many times that I have said no, but in her mind, she feels that at some point, the answer will change; especially if she adds the word please on the end. I have another child who would always ask to taste my Red Bull energy drink when I was drinking them. Of course, the answer again would be no. Then…this young son of mine. He is in desperate need of tasting my coffee. No, no, and no again has been the answer.
I am not refusing their request just to say no or because I do not want them to have these things that I would eat or drink. I mean, I cannot let Asia taste the shakes because there is a formulated powder not created for children. I would not let Syd taste Red Bulls because – well it really was not good for me, so why would I give my daughter something that I should not drink? Coffee? Bro bro, come on! He is always off the charts with his energy. He requires no additional assistance.
We are like my children. How many times have we asked our Father, God for something? He clearly tells us no and why He says no. We begin these spiritual tantrums, constantly ask Jesus for stuff. Then, hear this: we have the audacity to use the word LOL.
“Jesus you said, ask and it shall be given. Why can’t I? This person has this or that? What did I do? Can you hear me? Please?”
He is telling us no for a reason, but we cannot seem to believe that the Lord is in our best interest. For some reason, we think we know what is best and He does not. So we beg and plead…
And then, because we got on his nerve, the Lord will grant our request, just to show us we did not really need what we were asking for. Then it changes:
“Jesus forgive me. If you get me out of this…”
If Jesus knows how many strands of hair we have…
Matthew 10:30 (NKJV) But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
would not he also know what we need, before we ask?
Matthew 6:8 (NKJV) “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
Oftentimes, the answer is not “no” it’s wait. With my children, the answer is no now, but if they wait until they come of age, they’ll be able to receive what I have, because they will be able to handle it and make an adult decision to determine if what they are asking for is of any value to them.
Oh God- that’s a word right there. If we wait until we come of age, we can receive what the Lord has for us and He can grant us our petitions because we are now strong enough and wise enough to remember who the blessing comes from anyway.
Whatever petition you have before the Lord, wait and trust Him along with the growing pains you’re experiencing. There are things in life you will have to work for and there are some things you will have to wait for. Value and enjoy the process. Our Father does not rear spoiled brats. He raises mature and grounded men and women.
1 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV) When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.