Recently I was teaching Sunday school at my church. The topic was on how easily we can become disconnected from God. How we go through dry times, sometimes due to circumstances but most of the time due to sin. God never moves, we do. The lesson went on to talk about reconnecting to God. How it takes us to "turn" back on a regular basis. We don't want to wait till too much time has passed as we miss out on so much. The author, James McDonald of the study called "Downpour" went on to talk about how the word "return" is mentioned in the old testament over 1000 times. Gosh, I thought...1000 times. This must mean we are turning away a whole lot. That we really want our way in this life. That we really want to be in control. Uggg.
I then went on to ask this very important questions to my class. What have you ask God for that He didn't give you that you are now happy about it? Well the room went nuts with answers. Each person telling of a relationship that they were glad God didn't give them or a job or a material item. Then I ask another question. What didn't God give you that you wanted at the time but did eventually and now looking back you see why He waited? The hands weren't as numerous this time. Slowly one person raised his hand. He had been living in St. Louis, going to college. He had sent out a ton of resumes begging God to give him a job. A job that would take him away from St. Louis. A job anywhere. He just wanted to quit living there. He wanted to quit his friends, his life. Well, God would take another year before He would give him his desire. During the time he said that God showed him why he needed to stay. That there were things that only by staying He could show him.
Hmmm, I thought to myself as he was speaking. Maybe we should stop asking God why He hasn't taken us from a place or a person but why is He keeping us there? Whew! OK, that hit me like a ton of bricks. Ask I am asking God why, why, why? He is saying, because, because, because. He is also saying, trust, trust, trust. I am your Holy God. Creator of all things, Creator of you. Trust me to know more. Trust me to know best.
OK, maybe I don't want to quit just yet! :-)
2 Samuel 7:28
O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.