Sometimes when I needed something from my mom as a kid, I will go the extra mile in doing anything that pleased her especially with house6 chores. I knew what she expected of me, sometimes I fell short but on days when I needed something from her, oh boy! I made a conscious effort of being the world’s second best daughter to woo her to give me that which I wanted. Now when I get whatever I want… (I believe you have a better version of how this story goes).
This is how we get sometimes in our walk with God. I am trusting God for one blessing. If then, why don’t I get involved in doing the things He loves, get very busy serving and by so doing I may catch His attention and He will grant me the desires of my heart. I’m sorry but it appears most of us find ourselves in church because of the blessings we can get from Him. But God can’t be manipulated by our so called service.
If our sole idea of sweeping church, ushering, or singing is centered on the blessings we can get from doing it, so that we do not wholly love God for who He is and not what we can get from Him, we miss the mark.
Maybe we should take a minute to check ourselves again. Should God deny me this one thing I earnestly desire, will I still pursue Him? Will I still sing even when I am not given awards on big platforms? Will they find me in church after I have sung in the choir my whole life yet no one wants to marry me?
When we grow in loving God, earthly desires will mean nothing to us anymore. If we genuinely delight ourselves in God, the rest will fall in place.
What is left for us to do now is to nurture our love to increase for God wholly with no strings attached.
Job, by all standards loved God, that even in his brokenness and nothingness he still did not curse God. He loved God and nothing could come between him and his love for God.
Not his children, his spouse, his health, his friends, his possession, his oxen or whatever could separate him from the love of God. His love for God compelled Him to trust Him that regardless the turmoil he was surrounded with on every side, he still won’t give up on God.
God already knows our hearts and what our reason for seeking Him is. He knows what’s best for us and knows the perfect timing when we can have it. He wants us to be true and genuine and not limit our service to Him by what He can give us. It’s a privilege we actually have to be in love with God cus the truth is, He could have chosen anyone else but He chose you to be in love with.
As we grow in our Christian walk, I pray the love of God consumes us and compel us to trust Him to grant our heart desires in His perfect time. I’ll spare you the sermon on why He shuts certain doors in our faces for today but know this, He loves you and knows what’s best for you.
May God bring us to a place where we can testify like Job, that “though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…”
We got to learn to love God, nothing beats knowing Him and falling in love with Him. God bless you!
Signed: Jackie Hanson
The Khayil Woman