Artificial Problems - Did You Make One?
I've known some people who were in desperate need, but when given the opportunity to do something about it never pursued it properly. When pressed on the matter they would say. "God will take care of it."
There is an old illustration that goes something like this.
A fellow was stuck on his rooftop during a flood. He was praying to God for help. Soon a man in a rowboat came by, and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, "Jump in, I can save you." The stranded fellow shouted back, "No, it's OK, I'm praying to God, and he is going to save me." So the rowboat went on. Then a motorboat came by. "The fellow in the motorboat shouted, "Jump in, I can save you." To this, the stranded man said, "No thanks, I'm praying to God, and he is going to save me. I have faith." So the motorboat went on. Then a helicopter came by, and the pilot shouted down, "Grab this rope, and I will lift you to safety." To this, the stranded man again replied, "No thanks, I'm praying to God, and he is going to save me. I have faith." So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.
Soon the water rose above the rooftop, and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, "I had faith in you, but you didn't save me, you let me drown. I don't understand why!"
To this God replied, "I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?"
We believe that Jesus suffered and died so that He could meet our every need. But that doesn't give us the right to "expect" Jesus to bail us out of the troubles that we could have avoided. Now I know that I run the risk of sounding jaded or making Jesus look selfish. Believe me, I am saying that.
I have seen people become homeless and even bankrupt because they wouldn't do what they could do. Opportunities were available, they just didn't like the terms of Gods provision. Thinking that if they just wait, they would force God's hand and get what they want. That isn't faith - that's selfish. Guess what - they didn't get any help.
Phil. 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to see your provision and accept it into my life today. AMEN