Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing…
A familiar story about you and Jehovah Jireh…
In her book The God of All Comfort Hannah Whitall Smith provides insight into why God does not always give us what we want. “Often, in order to give us what we need, the Lord is obliged to keep from us what we want. Your heavenly Father knoweth what things ye have need of, you do not know; and were all your wants gratified, it might well be that all your needs would be left unsupplied. It surely ought to suffice us that our God is indeed Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord who will see, and who will therefore provide.”
I wonder how many people have become disappointed and disillusioned with God because after praying for something they wanted God said, “No but I’ll give you what you need.” That has been me many times, but one thing I have never done I’ve never abandoned God. After the amen I have however on occasions looked and looked for God to give me what I thought would be good for me (or us) only to miss Him fulfilling me (our) needs.
That’s my “now” story and I’m sticking to it, but what of those who after saying amen become disappointed and disillusioned with God and walked away from Him? Does God become disappointed and disillusioned with them and walk away? That’s my “now” story here’s my “then” story it’s a familiar story so familiar it may sound a lot like your story but in case you don’t remember it I’ll let Jesus tell it to you again. “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’” (Luke 15:4–6, NLT)
The New Living Translation sub titles that The Parable of the Lost Sheep but was the sheep really lost? In my opinion I don’t think so, in fact based on my experience I’d subtitle it The Parable of the One that Walked Away and was Shadowed by God.
Believe in presence of the GOD and in the strength of his GRACE!
GRACE and PEACE,
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