05. October 2017 · Comments Off on BE CAREFUL ABOUT YOUR REQUEST · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Motives, Prayer, Trusting God

They soon forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel, But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, And tested God in the desert. And HE GAVE THEM THEIR REQUEST, BUT SENT LEANNESS INTO THEIR SOUL (Psalm 106:13-15 NKJV).

Beloved, I read this and couldn’t help but stop and reflect on this last part… HE GAVE THEM THEIR REQUEST, BUT SENT LEANNESS INTO THEIR SOUL…

The Message translation says… They only cared about pleasing themselves in that desert, provoked God with their insistent demands. He gave them exactly what they asked for—but along with it they got an empty heart… and like someone said… THEIR BODIES WERE FILLED, THEIR SOULS WERE EMPTY.

Beloved, it is possible to get that Job, that business deal, that house, car, man or woman of your dreams and still find that you are still empty or it may come with a lot of trouble. I remember a lady sharing of how she was begging God for something that was obviously not God’s will for her. This lady happens to be a prayer warrior. People have testified to the fact that she is one that prays so, you can imagine how she would have disturbed the Lord with her request. However, she said the Lord told her plainly… “well, I can give you the grace to bear the consequences of what you are asking for”.

Hmmm, though it was hard to let go, she had to come to the conclusion that she didn’t want to settle for just the grace to bear the trouble that goes with it. The Bible says… The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22 NKJV). This one would have been full of sorrow… no peace… no joy… She would have probably become like Paul who said… Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, “My grace is all you need… (2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NLT).

Beloved, the Israelites did not wait for the Lord’s counsel. They settled for momentary satisfaction. They settled for what would satisfy their lust but along with it came the LEANNESS OF THEIR SOUL. We have got to get to that place where we can trust the Lord enough to say… Father let, Your perfect and not permissive will be done.

Jesus said… “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him (Matthew 7:9-11 NLT).

Beloved, the Lord knows that some of the things we ask for are stones and snakes in disguise. Let’s not force our will upon God. He knows what’s best for us and at just the right time, when He knows we are ready for it… we would eat the fruit of the Land (Joshua 5:12).

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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