This morning, I was reading a book called Praying Through The Scriptures and this caught my eye. As I read it, God began to speak to my heart about this very topic. I pray that this message feeds your soul too!
“If we have too much of what we want before our hearts are conformed to the Lord’s, we will be fleshly and contrary to His character. But, if we learn obedience through the things we suffer, we will have a heart prepared to abound properly. For even Jesus was tested this way.” -Adam Houge
We often wonder what is taking God so long to answer our prayers and this is the answer. Paul said it, himself, in Phillippians 4:12.
American King James Version
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Here, I have included the same scripture in the GOD’S WORD® Translation so that we can see the concept put another way to understand it more thoroughly.
“I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little.”
I love this because we so often wonder what is taking God SO LONG in giving us what we ask for and this is why. He is preparing our hearts for what we want because if He gives it to us too soon, then we may very well lose out with Him and NOTHING is that important.!
So, the next time that God tells you to wait, remember that He tells you this BECAUSE of His everlasting and deep love for you! No good parent would want to give something to his or her child before the child could use it responsibly and in his or her best interest.
God’s not mean. He’s just preparing us to receive His gifts in a MUCH MORE meaningful and satisfying way!!
Have a great day, Loved Ones!!!