Too often we get mad at God because things are not going the way we would like, and because we think He is not answering our prayers. If we want God to answer our prayers, we have to be able to hear Him when He answers. Everything starts with having a right relationship with him. It all starts with knowing God. And to be able to resist the devil, we have to know God. And to be able to come near to God, we need to recognize Him.
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.” – James 4:7,8
When we know God, who He is, what he has done, it is easy to submit ourselves to God. We know that He is a loving God. We know that we can do all things through Christ who is our strength. We know that He will always be there, that He will always have our back.
We begin to let go of things that disturb us. We get clarity around situations that surround us. Our motives become good. Our hearts are pure. Our peace returns. We soon resist the devil. And as we draw closer to God, this becomes easier and easier because we would never want to hurt disrespect our God and Creator who gave us our very life and breath.
Once our hearts are for God, the devil will flee from us. Evil will flee from us. We learn to stop blaming God for the bad things that happen and realize that comes from the devil who is the father of lies (John 8:44) and who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. We can come near to God, and He will come near to us!
My heart is sad when I hear someone say they are mad at God. How can we be mad at the very God who gave us life? How can we be mad at God who loves us no matter what, in spite of all of our faults? How can we be mad at the God who knows our hearts and longs for us to come back to Him?
Have we ever considered that being mad at God might be a useless perspective? Where does being mad at someone and grumbling under our breath about it ever lead to progress?
Something to think about, God created us, and gave us our very life. Are we so ungrateful and self-centered to think that God is here to serve us while we sit on our throne and decide to call on Him when we need something? Or might there be an alternate scenario that is more likely true, and that can be found in the Word of God, if we took the time to study it?
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God loves us in spite of the fact that we foolishly get mad at Him, turn away from Him, because it is not convenient for us, and while we sit on our thrones of self-worship. Regardless of this and everything that we do, God loves us anyway. And while I imagine these times must be hurtful and disappointing, God is always ready to welcome us back when we turn our hearts back to Him. He is always there for us lift us up and deliver us from the enemy’s evil schemes.
And He loves us enough to give us the choice in which Way that we should go! Otherwise we are just complying to the demands of a dictator, and who would want to follow a God like that? The love and mercy of God our Father is so amazing, yet so undeserved! How can we be mad at a God like that?
My prayer for you is that you come to know this unending, unwavering love of our Father. I pray that your heart and mind opens to the desire to want to seek Him first and to know Him more. I pray that God meets you wherever you are right now, and that you are strengthened and encouraged to draw near to God, through Christ our Lord.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this beautiful morning and this beautiful day. Let your Word penetrate deep into our hearts and minds, and begin a good work. Thank you for being patient with us Lord, while we struggle and sometimes shut you out. Turn our hearts back to you, that we might begin to know more of your love and goodness. Thank you for being patient with us, and helping us come back near to you. Protect us today, and guide us through our day. Let our lives and actions be a light unto your path. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 2 Chronicles 29-31; Psalm 46; James 4
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “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.” – Matthew 7:7-8
- “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33
- “In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.” – 2 Chronicles 31:21
- “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2
- “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17
- (regarding the devil)”…He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – John 8:44
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10
- “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23
- “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
- “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13
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