I have once lived a life of ignorance – a life of not knowing the reasons why things were happening to me the way I did not want them to and what I should do to “rescue” myself. Then, I was like a feather being tossed to and fro. To me then, every bad thing that happened to me was the hand work of God and His fault. To me, God MUST take care of me, no matter what. So, I blamed God for all the unpleasant things that happened to me. My sins were immaterial and whether I prayed or not was immaterial. Whether I was a child of God was also immaterial. God was supposed to know when I needed help, and He should have helped me out. I relied so much on God’s amazing grace. So, GOD must be blamed for all the bad things that happened to me.
Now I know better. Now I know God is not wicked. Now I know that even with His grace, I had to ask GOD to step into my problems whenever they reared their disgusting head….
“Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. But as they sailed he fell asleep:and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying,Master, master, we perish.Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.” (Luke 8:22-25)
Then I asked “what would have happened if our Lord was not called upon to intervene. Someone would have asked: “how come Jesus did not know that a ship wreck was about to occur?” Another would have asked: “did the disciples need to call upon our Lord Jesus to avert the impending disaster? Yet another would have asked: “are the disciples supposed to have problems with Jesus in the ship?” A typical question people ask these days.
Hmnnn…What I learnt from this is simple…
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matt 7:7)
Sadly, this tend to be our attitude – being so quick to point accusing fingers towards God at the slightest setback we suffer. In fact, the interesting aspect of it all is that those who have openly rejected God are even faster to make this accusation.
I have also come to terms with the fact that these accusations are also the result of not being aware of some of the principles of prayers.
One thing that is common among human beings is that it is convenient to shift blames rather than identify the route cause of problems. One big mistake however, that I feel a human being can make is to ascribe INCOMPETENCE, INABILITY, FORGETFULNESS, WEAKNESS, LOSS OF POTENCY or LIES to God !!!
Yes, there may be delays, but the delays are never because of INCOMPETENCE, INABILITY, FORGETFULNESS, WEAKNESS, LOSS OF POTENCY or because he has started telling LIES !!! …..
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time,
but at the end it shall speak,
and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it;
because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”- (Hab 2:3)
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man,
that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it?
or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” – Num 23:19
Thus, in all cases, a self-searching is needed. The refusal to do this, subjects people to the antics and wickedness of the devil and his disciples. However, some people, including my humble self, have refused to allow the devil to use them like a ping pong ball or toss them around like feathers.
So, pal, I leave you with this testimony that I love a lot….
“And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.
And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years,
came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
For she said within herself, ‘If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.’
But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter,
be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.
And the woman was made whole from that hour.” (Matt 9: 19-22)
So, pray without ceasing; do not be tied; the battle is only lost when you give up hope and do nothing; discover the barriers to your prayers so that you can be a strong prayer warrior ; read and be comforted by the extra ordinary display of God’s power at the Red Sea; shun views that tend to discourage you from getting closer to God, read your Bible as much as you can and discover the secrets of a sweet relationship with God….but in all, and most importantly, STOP BLAMING GOD !!!
God bless us all and thanks for your time 🙂