“What All Of This Has Gotten Me”


Laura’s Essential Life List for this week is titled “What All Of This Right Doing, Happy Smiling, Nice Saying, and Right Hating Has Gotten Me.”

What a brilliant and extremely Essential Life List to have! Why not start yours today!

So what do you think? When it comes to counting your blessings, I’m ALL for that! Not only has Jesus saved my heart, soul, and spirit life, but He has saved my physical life as well…and more than once!

But that’s not what Laura is doing here. She’s doing something that I must sadly admit to having done myself. She is treating God like a vending machine and obedience like coins.

At the heart of this comic strip is this complaint: “I’ve paid in! When am I going to collect?!?”

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4 (KJV)

To me, the Bible verse that Laura quoted can be read two different ways.

As a “vending machine” verse, a paraphrase might be, “Delight yourself in God and He will give you whatever your heart desires. He wants to shower you with gifts.”

As a “relationship” verse, a paraphrase might be, “Delight yourself in God, and as He becomes the highest desire of your heart, He will give you more and more of Himself. He will clothe you with Himself.”

I’m not really sure if Laura is expecting Rob to be “God’s Delivery Man” who buys her the dishwasher that she wants or if she is expecting Rob to be “God’s Answer Man” who explains why God hasn’t given her the dishwasher she desires. But I do think those are two of the ways we can be pulled when we hear things like this unless we are careful.

In this comic strip, Laura not only has “the last word,” she has “every word,” and so I’m wondering what Rob’s response will be! (I truly haven’t planned that far ahead, but I do think this comic strip begins a look at “the prosperity gospel.”)

15 thoughts on ““What All Of This Has Gotten Me”

  1. I suppose that I am blessed that I have never experienced this. But then again, I just came back to the Lord after twenty years (a deadly stroke will do that to you). For many years I never sought any things from God, because I felt unworthy to get them. After I came back to Him, he lavished me with gifts while I was out of work to sustain my family (money to pay our bills, groceries so that we would be fed, Christmas for the kids), so that I couldn’t deny Him, even if I wanted to. Today, I am grateful that I wake up each morning, and that I can walk to the bathroom, that I can still work and provide for my family. He has made me a better steward of money (one of the things that I prayed for), and mostly that I can be the man He wants me to be.

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  2. Psalm 37:4

    4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

    If you look at specific keywords like delight, desires, and heart, the verse will become even more clear.

    Delight: Enjoy and take pleasure in the things of God which are found in scripture.
    desires: Yearning to do God’s will
    heart: Sincerely from the soul

    What does all this mean? When you look forward to and are fulfilled when reading and doing the scriptures, your desires get changed to that of God’s and He will satisfy that which you crave.

    Just wanted to add to what you explained.

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  3. I like how she never gives him a chance to reply, I do that with God in prayer all the time. We are people of circumstances so we expect God to be part of our circumstances to make the relationship real to us so its easy for us to slip into this “vending machine” error. This is where the Sacraments fit in to our lives… a physical encounter with God in the circumstances of our lives.

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  4. I want but what do I need – God. In a 1st world country it is tough to see the difference between wants and needs and therefore tough to tell the difference between the real nature of God (what I need) and the God I want Him to be

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  5. Wonderful post. We do need to be careful how we interpret Scripture. She was interpreting it a certain way, I think the wrong way.

    One time I read in the Psalms something like, “…if you follow the Lord you will never be condemned.” I said to God, “Now that is not true. Jesus was condemned and the apostles were condemned to death.” God told me I was interpreting it in a worldly way, not a spiritual way. It means that in the great judgement day we will not be condemned. I’m pretty dense about Scripture a lot of times. I take things that are not meant to be literal, literally. Lol

    When I’ve said to people online that there are different interpretations for Bible verses they get quite angry and are sure their’s is the only and right one. I guess we all need to watch out for that.

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    1. Really wise advice, Belle! Sometimes I think I’m much better off interpreting the Bible (at least in some passages) in a way that makes me feel uncomfortable and shakes me up a little bit and encourages me to be more like Jesus. You’ve hit on some very real human frailties…we all tend to want to believe that we are right and can be very stuck in our ways! Thanks!

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  6. “At the heart of this comic strip is this complaint: “I’ve paid in! When am I going to collect?!?”
    That way of thinking is not only characteristic of followers of the prosperity gospel, but legalistic sects as well. It’s a works-based mentality that denies the grace of God. According to James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above…” He has blessed us beyond measure with his gifts, but how arrogant and presumptuous it is of us to think that we can earn his blessings with our good deeds! Great thought-provoking article 🙂

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