“Meet The Unlikely Author”

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

6 thoughts on ““Meet The Unlikely Author”

  1. I like this comic, as it shows how shallow some people are. Some people view a blessing from God as a new car. Others view a blessing as a winning lottery ticket (that would be nice indeed). There would be instant gratification indeed, but it be shallow and short lived. They would be seeking the next thing they think would fill their empty lives.
    I have been blessed richly, by God ending the inner turmoil that was my life, the grieving I felt over a loved one (carried that for 32 years), the anger at my step-mother, the self-loathing I felt when I looked in the mirror. These things that I have been relieved from are a blessing, and I feel rich. They make the other troubles that I may have in life seem small in comparison.

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  2. Does God withhold blessings from us? I always look in the Bible for clues about stuff like this. Yes, he does. Lol Lots of examples in there. He told Israel they would be the greatest nation and be blessed if they did what he told them and not worship idols. They worshiped idols. No blessing.

    When David sinned, God killed his child from Bathsheba. The law was that the adulterer had to die, but God didn’t kill David. But I guess, someone had to die for that sin. I don’t pretend to understand all there is about God. Abraham had to wait 20 years for a child. Maybe a test of faith? He kind of blew it with Hagar. But he still finally got his child with Sarah.

    New Testament: Paul. He prayed for the thorn to be removed and God said no. But then, what are we calling blessings? It was apparently a blessing to have the thorn because it kept Paul from being proud. Is it a blessing to suffer? Sometimes it is.

    At one time in my life, I begged God for a lot of money so I could help my daughter with her money problems. God told me to quit asking, so I did. It turned out she needed to learn a lesson about truth and handling money, which she wouldn’t have if I had bailed her out.

    Love your idea of if we love God enough, time has no meaning. Beautiful.

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    1. Belle, I truly appreciate all of your thoughts on this one. Yes, there really are plenty of Biblical examples of blessings being delayed or withheld, and those that you mentioned are great. The one about your daughter was very a very good one too. Isn’t it interesting how when we listen to God and walk with God, our life stories can sound just like a story right out of the Bible? (That’s how the story of money and your daughter sounded to me anyway.) Thanks again!

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