We’ve all heard the saying before, “When God takes something from your grasp, He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better!” But have you ever stopped to think that God is simply saying, you know you don’t need that?
For instance, you apply for a car, even though you already got one that’s working fine, and you know the price is a little high but you’ve just got to have it. You know the monthly note will make things tighter than they are now, but it’s what you want. You wait for the salesman to come back and when he does, he tells you he can’t get you approved without more money down or a co-signer. You then go running home to momma or daddy and get mad when they say no. You have yet to stop and think that maybe God is keeping you from years of debt that you know you can’t afford. But instead, you’re now mad at your parent(s) because, “they never do anything for me!” Chile, stop it! You ought to be glad you didn’t get yourself stuck into something that you can’t get out of. You should be thankful that you dodged 5 years of paying for something that probably wasn’t worth the money anyway.
Now maybe that’s not you. Let me try this. You’ve been in a relationship with this man or women for years now. Every once in a while things are going great and they are even talking about marriage, you couldn’t be happier. But 90%, well maybe 80% of the time you all are arguing & fighting, he/she is leaving because they’re done, you keep hearing about them being unfaithful or when things are down & out, they can’t take it. But oh, when they hear of things going good in your life or you got a little money in your pocket, they come running and each time you let them back in. When things get hard again or the money is gone, so is she or he and you’re left crying asking God why he keeps punishing you. Chile, cut it out! You keep praying for God to send you the person that he has for you but each time you’re too busy looking at the devil’s blessing that God doesn’t have a chance to get his in. God isn’t the one doing this to you because you’ve got that covered all by yourself. You pray and ask God to remove those that want to do harm to your life and each time he sends this person away, you go looking for them. You need to open your eyes and realize, this isn’t something you deserve in your life. You are destined for much greater things. Proverbs 12:4 states, “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.” This goes the same for man! For Proverbs 31:11, states “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.” A husband or wife is ordained by God and a position that should not be taken lightly. If you’ve married under the convent of God, you should abide by the vows that you’ve taken. If you’re not married, you shouldn’t just settle for anything. God has made all of us in his image and a helpmate for each of us but in order to receive your blessing you have to first remove what is blocking you from getting it.
It’s like you’re reaching for something but every time you extend your arm, you hit a barrier. Instead of trying to knock it out or open it up, you give up and say you’ll try again later. But what you need to do is get something heavy enough to break down the barriers that stand in your way. If it’s a window, pry it open. If it’s a wall, tear it down or build up your strength and climb over it. You may get a few scraps and cuts on your hands and legs, but they’ll heal and the scars can be a living testimony of how you made it over. If it’s a degree you need for the job you want, sacrifice the time and get it. If it’s a move to another city or state, do it! There are all types of transportation that can bring you home to visit. If it means changing the environment in which your kids grow up in, do it! They’ll get over it. Stop making excuses for not having or doing. God has made you capable and strong to withstand a lot of things. If you don’t believe me, read the story of Job in Job 1. After all the tests and trials that he was put through, his faith did not waiver. So why is yours waving like a flag?
Strap up your boots, tighten your helmet, put on your breastplate of righteousness and your salvation and prepare for war. Not the war in Iraq but the war that you’ve been fighting. Tear down those strongholds that are keeping you bound, shake off the chains that keep you in bondage in the world and shake off the dirt of the haters! God can do an amazing work in your life but you have to let him in and have faith. You also have to work! When you get tired of trusting in the world and in man, trust God. He never makes a promise he can’t keep and he won’t let you down. All days won’t be easy because Job 14:1 says, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” But if you trust in God, he’ll give you exactly what you need to handle it. You can do it because I know you can!