MORE THAN A DISPENSER There are days when emotions block your view of God. You are tired and bloodied from life s battles. How do you see God on days like these? Close your eyes and what image do you see? Is it blank? Or do you project your own image on God according to your present need? You are in pain. You see a Healer. You are in turmoil. You see a Peacemaker. You are alone. You see a Friend. God is all of this and so much more. God does and will meet you at your point of need. But He wants to reveal to you that He is God, the I AM . But sometimes your needs block and limit your view of God. Our needs reduce God into being a dispenser to them. He calls you to come into His Presence not asking, just being. Being with Him. He is speaking. Do you hear His words whispered within your heart: Do you love Me my child? Do you truly know who I AM? He will give you what you really need not just what you think you need. It is here in His Presence that John 14:27 and Psalm 91:14 are made real to you. John 14:27 (New International Version) 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Psalm 91:14 (Contemporary English Version) 14The Lord says, "If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe. You have a choice to make. To Train your heart to hear the sound of His footsteps as He enters your life as God and not only as Giver.
mariaegg, Well stated. Nicely done. I especially like your phrase "train your heart to hear the sound of His footsteps. . ." God, the Great I AM, Jesus, our Lord, Peacemaker, Healer, Friend. He's all of the above. Amen. Good blog! God bless.
Dispenser is a nice way to put it. I have often used the analogy of the relationship of a parent and child. As a parent, we love and care for our child. We meet try to meet their needs, be there for them when they need us, etc. We try to love them unconditionally and yet there is a bit of a sting if it seems like our child simply views us as a "purse" or someone they want around when they "need" us. They always take and yet they never seem to give to us in return. No, our love for them is not based on what we get from them and yet, how our hearts overflow when our child shows their love for us through trying to please us, making that little special picture which we put up on the fridge and show to everyone, etc. Is God any different?
What if God tells us "no"? What if the person we prayed for dies, the disease is not healed, the marriage dissolves, the prodigal child does not return or we lose the house? Will we still love and trust God no matter what or will we part ways with Him? When God is more than a "dispenser" to us, regardless of our circumstances, we will continue to love and trust Him... no matter what!
Thanks Kreynolds and I love your analogy of the parent/child relationship especially as my child is a teenager. lol. So true your last paragraph the "what if". Reminds me of the 3 men facing the fiery furnace and they declared that "God is able to deliver" but if He chooses not to then they will still worship Him. May my heart always be soft towards Him. Blessings and snowballs back to you. Maria
I agree with the parent/child analogy. As a parent of grown children, your radar is out when you sense your kids see you only as a wallet in times of trouble. You don't mind giving, but you want a complete relationship with them. Good post with an important message. - Bibleguy64
Bibleguy, the parent analogy that kreynolds wrote about is good isn't it! I see you can relate as well with even adult children - So true how we don't mind giving but want a complete relationship with them. As does God - He is a loving Father wanting to give good gifts to His children but above all - it is the relationship with Him that delights His heart. Thanks again Bibleguy for reading and commenting.