God Said No.

And God Said No

by Claudia Minden Weisz

I asked God to take away my pride,
And God said, “No.”
He said it was not for him to take away,

But for me to give up.
 

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole,
And God said, “No.”
He said his spirit is whole,
His body is only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience,

And God said “No.”
He said that patience is a byproduct of tribulation,
It isn’t granted, it’s earned.
I asked God to give me happiness,
And God said “No.”
He said he gives blessings,
Happiness is up to me.
I asked God to spare me pain,
And God said “No.”
He said, “Suffering draws you apart from worldly
cares and brings you closer to me.”
I asked God to make my spirit grow
And God said “No.”
He said I must grow on my own,
But he will prune me to make me fruitful.
I asked God to help me love others,
As much as he loves me,
And God said,
“Ah, finally, you have the idea.”

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Love the Lord Your God

 

Hebrews 13:5-6 "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."  So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my Helper; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?"

So whether I live in a box or in a mansion or in a house in a development, I need to be content with what I have.  God has provided for all of my needs.  We need to worship the Lord for Who He is, not for what He can do for us or give to us.  Do you think that He won't take care of your every need if you just spent a day just loving on Him?  He still can run the whole world if we take time just to love on Him, and not ask Him for anything in return. 

It truly breaks my heart at times when I watch some of these religious shows, and to me it seems as though they are encouraging us as Believers to worship God for increase, worship God for healing, worship God for me me me — all about me.  I think about how I would feel if my children came to me demanding of me the way I hear some people say that they remind and tell God what He has promised, and how they say it.  Like He owes us something.  If anything, we owe Him — our love, our respect, our obedience.  Need they be reminded that He gave His Son Jesus as a sacrifice for us for the forgiveness of ALL our sins?  How many of them would do the same?  Yes, He has made promises to us, but do we go to Him disrespectfully and tell Him "God You better honor this."  I heard someone say that one time, and my thought was "or what?"  What would we do if we never saw the promises He has made in His Word come to fruition?  What if all He ever did was sacrifice His only Son on a cross for you?  Would that be enough for you?

I had someone say to me recently that it appeared I was unhappy with the church and church people, and yes I am.  It hurts my heart to see how some people treat the Lord, or how they talk to Him.  People who are supposed to be Christians — how they treat God, and how they treat each other.  It angers me and hurts my heart.  How must that hurt the Lord's heart. 

If you go to the end of Hebrews 11 you can read of the Christians of that day being persecuted, sawed in two, they were stoned, some put to death by sword, were destitute, persecuted and mistreated (this was AFTER Jesus died on the cross).  It goes on to say in verse 38-40 "the world was not worthy of them.  They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.  These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.  God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect."

What am I trying to say here?  I often wonder, and have asked myself this, would I still love and serve the Lord if all of this were to happen to me?  Would I still serve and love Him were He to choose to slay me as He did Job?  Would I still love and serve Him if I was living on the streets destitute?  I hope that I never I have to find this out first hand, but I do know that in many of the trials I have faced I continue to praise Him and glorify Him, and continue to love Him.  It has not always been easy.  I do tell Him I don't understand it, but trust Him and trust that He has a plan, whatever that may be and that His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Thank you Lord for your Son, Jesus. 

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