“And they were helped against them, and the Hagrites were delivered into their hand, and all who were with them, for they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him.” 1Chr 5:20 NKJV
God gives us hope in the midst of turmoil, battle, and other troubles. Will He change our circumstances? Not always, because there are things we must learn, at times, as well as the potential of other lessons we must accept. Is that cruel? Not necessarily. While growing up our parents did things for us as we were very young – thereby, showing us and teaching us what we must learn to do. As we grew older, though, we needed to garner more independence where we would do much more for ourselves. But our lessons don’t end there…we tend to learn (and forget) many things up until we are placed into our final resting spots.
If we are fortunate, your parents will be teaching you things up until you are in your 60s and beyond…Your Father in heaven for a much longer period of time. But many of us tend to walk away from our beliefs not out of spite, hatred for our parents, or anything like that; but rather for the reason that we just don’t believe (for which there could be a myriad of reasons) but as we grow older we turn back to God because there is something far more greater than ourselves and we come to acknowledge that there is something more that we can learn about us, our purpose, and our destiny in this life and the life to come…
But the only way in which we can truly accept and find out our future is to pray for the forgiveness of our past(s), where we can wipe away the sins of our past (repent), acknowledge our Creator (believe), profess who is in control of our lives (Confess.)
We can seek that which God wants us to know by reading the Holy Bible, in which we can determine what God wants us to know for know and our futures. I always have a tough time with focusing, in that, my mind starts with one topic and then quickly moves on to another subject entirely. I truly identify with the dog on the animated movie “UP.” “Gee, I wonder if he will like me? SQUIRREL!” Yeah, that is my mind…sad to admit it, but true.
But that one, true, grounding thought is this: Jesus died for me…ME!
Who am I that the Son of the Most High would do such a thing for ME??? Who am I, that He should do so??? King David had similar questions throughout the Book of Psalms.
“what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?” ~Psalm 6:4
I may never truly grasp the reality or Spirituality of such an action, but one day is that I will truly understand in my heart. Either in this life or the next!
The bible reminds us that not every thought that we have is an original thought. Many have been thought of by others long ago. But, never-the-less, God is mindful of us and our needs. However, do not misunderstand the things we need with the things we want. Wants are extraneous and unnecessary in our lives. And so God will heed our prayers for needs; either granting us what we need, or a method, or way of obtaining it. He will not always just hand over that which we need or desire, we may have to do a little bit of leg work ourselves!
It is because we place our trust, our faith, and our belief in God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus that we shall obtain that which we need in our lives. Pray honestly and with God’s will and love in your heart and you shall receive it…
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” ~Mark 11:24
“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” ~John 16:24
May God Richly Bless You ALL!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD