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.”)