Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Expect God to Help in His Way

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts Isaiah 55: 8-9

Elaine Creasman
 I recently read a blog posting by Elaine Creasman entitled “Lord, Why Won’t You Help Me?”.  It was incredibly refreshing as she was brutally honest.  She wrote:

“Even though I ask God for help, sometimes my prayer is merely words and I don't actually expect God to give it. Then when God does help, I often refuse to accept the kind of help God is offering me.

This is particularly true in my marriage. God may be using conflicts and my efforts to work through them in order to help make me a better wife and a maturing Christian. But often the help I want is something different: I want God to give me a conflict-free and pain-free marriage. I want wedded bliss!

“My prayer is often, "God, change my husband." Instead, God offers help for me to change. I plead, "God, deliver my husband from this sin in his life." God responds, "I will give you the gift of mercy, so you can forgive." As I've let go of demanding that God help me my way, I've begun to see amazing changes God has worked in my heart and in my marriage.”

Elaine astutely remembers that marriage is not all about her and she reflects on the verse found in Isaiah 55.  She recognizes that her home improvement plan isn’t designed to God’s specifications and that her husband’s flaws may be used by God to help her become more like the person He has created her to be.

What a great lesson for all of us.  Lately I have been asking God to help me to be more patient.  Since then He has presented me with numerous opportunities to be more patient, most of which I have blown.  When I asked God to help me, I was basically saying please take this sin away.  Instead God apparently decided that what I needed were ample situations that tested my patience, hoping that I would wake up and see that these were teachable moments.  He is attempting to grow me instead of just making life easier for me.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Post a comment