Most have seen that very funny movie “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” based upon Roald Dahl’s children’s story. One of the children who received a golden ticket was Varuca Salt, her father a wealthy industrialist. Having been spoiled her entire life her attitude towards her father is to demand things at every turn, asking louder and louder until the father gives in. When she falls into the bad egg disposal chute the Oompa Loompa’s sing about how she simply was always really looking for love. By giving her everything she demanded, her father was not really loving her, he was empowering her bad behavior and a cycle of bad decisions and poor choices that hurt not only Varuca but those around her forced to deal with her.
How many times have we made similar demands on God. “Please give me this job/car/boyfriend/house/new watch and I will follow you forever and become a better person!” Sadly such demands also come at very low points in our lives: “Lord cure me/heal me/restore me/save my life and I will believe in you and turn from sin.”
God knows that His love is what we need, and that love oftentimes means that he must say NO when we ask for things…it is not that He does not want to help us but we must trust that He knows the time, place and manner for us to receive His blessings. Often the Bible talks about how we must have faith, be committed, and have our focus on the Lord BEFORE we may rightly ask and receive a blessing. After all, who are we to demand that our Creator “deliver the goods” when we are not prepared to honor and respect the giver?
I love John 14:7 because it sums up God’s approach to how He fathers us: “If I am in you and you are in me, ask what you will and it shall be granted to you.”
In that one verse Christ lays out the rules of God the father. We cannot simply be going around making deals and demanding that God deliver blessings…in fact we must get right with God, have Him in our hearts, be connected to Him with our own personal relationship…then and only then will he extend to us not only what we wish but what he desires for us.
If there are troubles in your life, unanswered prayers for help, healing and blessings, go to God on your knees. Take Christ in your heart and in humility and love share with Him what is on your mind. Ask that His will be done, and have FAITH that He will hear you and bestow His blessings in appropriate measure at the appropriate time. In the end it is not the stuff we need, it is the love of Christ that gives us life and hope and joy and peace. The loving relationship every father desires with his children is the foundation on which a beautiful and bountiful life is made.
Have a blessed and peaceful day!