So what do you think? Is it possible that sometimes our own contrary ways can get in the way of God’s blessings? Does God withhold blessings from us?
“Contrary” is not a word that we hear very often anymore. It has often been used to describe children who are stubborn and want to act in ways that are against the desires of their parents.
Even in all of our contrary ways, God still desires to bless us in ways that will demonstrate His love and tender care.
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32 (KJV)
Sometimes, I think, our Heavenly Father has to wait until the time is right so that we don’t think that being contrary is what got us those blessings! And I really think that it grieves Him when we believe that He is not taking good and proper care of us.
Although we shouldn’t doubt the goodness of God, sometimes I think that I do, maybe you do too? Perhaps it is partially caused by a need for immediate gratification. I think that I am learning to say, “Even though I see the groundwork was laid many years ago, I’m glad that this blessing was delayed.”
I have one final thought to share about immediate gratification. This is one of my favorite verses from the Old Testament. It seems to be saying that love erases time, and when our love for God is great, we transcend the boundary of time.
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her. Genesis 29:20