Let’s face it. When we don’t get our way we cry, whine, throw ourselves on the ground and kick and scream. We sit ourselves by ourselves because we are too angry to talk to anyone else. Our feelings are hurt and if we can’t have it our way – then we don’t want it at all. Our parents are making decisions that are best for us even though at the present moment we don’t see that… we just see that we are not getting what WE want. Basically, we are two years old again which means the next step is awful 3’s… but it doesn’t have to be.
God says very clearly:
(John 14) 15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
God is our father and HE is trying to make decisions for us (showing us opportunities) to better ourselves, our lives, our walk with Him, our witnessing, our church homes, our family, our children, our jobs, our friends and even our enemies. But WE throw ourselves down like a two-year old and begin complaining because we aren’t getting what we want!
How can you bring yourself to TELL GOD — “I DON’T WANT WHAT YOU HAVE FOR ME, BECAUSE I WANT WHAT I WANT RIGHT NOW!”
Um, not sure about you, but this is something I don’t want to do. The thing is, we do it all the time. When God opens a door, but our flesh doesn’t understand what is going on so we grab an attitude and begin to run with it (running our mouths when we shouldn’t) we are throwing a tantrum. When God has placed people in your life and you don’t really like them (or like what they are doing) so we ignore them or go out of our way to not be around them we are throwing a tantrum. These examples could go on for days… check yourself right now and ask yourself if you are doing this! The people in your life, the church you are at, the job you are at, the family you have, the awkward situations you really don’t want to face, the kids at school that make fun of you… they are all for a reason. Sometimes it’s a learning experience – once you learn what God wants you to learn, He will move you out of that situation and into a new one. If you aren’t listening and learning the lesson (instead you are just going around and around and around and keep telling everyone how nothing is going your way, things couldn’t be any worse, blah blah blah) it’s because YOU are not LISTENING and making those tough decisions or biting your tongue when needed. Sometimes it’s a matter of patience. God has plans for you to do something great on “day 35” (just using this as an example). From “day 1” you have not been happy, so, on “day 20” you decide to leave and walk away from it all… You were 15 days away from the greatest blessing you could ever imagine. BUT because you took matters into your own hands… you just lost it.
I think you are getting my point. It doesn’t matter if you are 12 years old or 89 years old reading this blog, it applies universally. Stop being a toddler and start being a spiritually mature teenager, adult or senior. Put your selfish wants, comfortable situations and limited views aside and start going after the UNSELFISH dis-wants, UNCOMFORTABLE situations and LIMITLESS views of God. Then and only then will your life begin moving forward. It’s not a fast process — so the more you go around that mountain — the longer YOU are making it. Not Him. He is waiting on you.