I purchased some toys for Joshua earlier this week and it arrived yesterday. I was so excited to give the toys to him and I thought to myself that I would give it to him after his music lessons that day. To my surprise Joshua began acting up from the very moment his music lessons ended. I was so disappointed. Initially I just couldn’t understand why he was acting up so much. I decided that I wasn’t going to give him the toys that day but I was so anxious to see his face light up that I thought maybe after he finished doing his homework. During the drive home from practice Joshua fell asleep so I realized he was acting up because he was tired.
After Joshua awoke from the drive we went in the house and while I was getting him something to eat he started acting up again. I was now even more upset, not only because he was acting up but because I could not give the gift to him until he behaved himself. I longed to see the joy on his face! Just then I began thinking about God and our relationship to Him as his children. How many times have we held back God’s hand from giving us a gift because of our lack of obedience. I can just imagine God staring down at us knowing that he has so much he wants to give us if we would be obedient by trusting in His Word.
Now here’s the problem with giving Joshua the gift while he’s acting up; for one, he may not appreciate it as much as he would if he was in a calm or even tempered state of mind. His attitude would be all wrong and it might even result in him smiling for a second and then mishandling the toy out of having a temper. Let’s think about that. When our emotions have been all over the place and God blessed us, how many times have we taken that blessing and dropped it by the wayside due to our erratic emotions. We can be so caught up in what we are feeling there were unable to receive the gift that God wants to give us until we stabilize ourselves. My previous post on stability mentions more points on the benefits of being stable and how to maintain stability.
The Prodigal Son received his inheritance when he wasn’t in the state of maturity to handle that much financial responsibility. Although his father welcomed him back with open arms – as parents mostly do because we love our children and as the Father does with us-, the prodigal son placed himself in a position where he squandered all of his blessings. He had to experience negative things in life that he could have avoided if his blessing were delayed until was more mature or the appointed time.
I woke up this morning and debated on whether I would give Joshua the gift before he went to school or maybe after school. it is too funny how excited I am about giving him his gift. Then I realized, I would have to struggle with him to get ready for school because he would want to play with the toys, and since he had youth bible study after church, I would encounter the same struggle again. I can only imagine the numerous times God holds back blessing us with what he so earnestly wants to bless us with because he knows it would be too much of a distraction and we won’t be able to accomplish the plans He has for us and/or our goals and responsibilities. God knows when certain blessings will take us off track from the plan that He has for us. I gave Joshua the gift this morning or afternoon, for that moment it will be the apple of his eye and nothing else will matter. When I look at the long-term however, the untimeliness of that gift could cause Joshua to do poorly in school for that day and possibly miss a piece of information that would be instrumental in his learning process or miss out on a blessed youth service with his friends and learning about God. My withholding the gift will now allow Joshua to have it all. He’ll be able to focus on his school work, enjoy youth Bible study and over the weekend when he has his free time I can give the gift to him to play with.
We need to be obedient to God’s word. We can’t allow the blessings of God to make us lose sight of our responsibilities or our behavior towards people etc. Many times due to our lack of obedience and poor behavior to others, God will withhold his blessings. The Revelation that I received was that God is so excited about blessing us. Matthew 7:11 reads, “11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Becoming a mother has taught me a lot about God’s love and his sacrificial love at that. There is nothing in the world that I would not sacrifice or give to my son as long as I know it would be good for him and it would keep him safe. I also need to be stern with Joshua because I understand that if I am not stern he may encounter adversity with someone else who doesn’t love him and he won’t know how to handle himself; I’d rather it come from me in a controlled environment.
Obedience to Gods word is a prescription for blessings. God has given us so much guidance, so many examples in the bible that we really don’t have an excuse not to be blessed. Keep in mind, I’m not casting judgement because I’m walking this road and actually listening to these words in my spirit and saying to myself, ‘that’s right, you don’t have an excuse LOL’. We need to begin to try God at his word which is being obedient.
I love my son so much and my love for him still doesn’t compare to the depth and the greatness of how much God loves us. My love for God teaches me how to love my son that much more and that much better. God commands us to love one another.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets”.
After all the frustration that my son puts me through in with his little 4 year old adventurous and curious self LOL… I am just standing by waiting for the opportunity to bless him. I’m always considering how I can bless him and what he is mature enough to receive. I’m even looking into his future thinking about how I need to be sure that by the time he is a certain age, I can bless them with this or that.
Wow, can you imagine God sees us in that light! How he is watching us, knowing our future, our present and knowing us better than we know ourselves. He is just waiting for the opportunity to bless us!! Obedience is a good thing!
Here is more food for thought:
I don’t expect Joshua to be perfect or to remember everything that I want him to do. Don’t get me wrong, that would be ideal but I measure his behavior. I bless him when I see progress. The enemy wants us to feel that if we are not perfect we can’t be blessed but the devil is a liar. God knows we are not perfect and he knows our heart so we can’t fool him either. He knows if we are trying our best or if we are just acting like it. We can fool man but we cannot fool God.
Let’s walk this walk of obedience to God’s word together and live the life that he wants us to live. We are so blessed to walk in Gods love and know that He calls us his own.
1 Samuel 15:22
So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.