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October 24, 2013

October 24, 2013

"A Commitment to Only Seek God Leads to Blessing"

“Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’” Genesis 32: 27 NLT

This is the account of Jacob wrestling with God. Obviously God could have overpowered Jacob and ended the wrestling match instantly, but he didn't. Why did He let the struggle go on all night?

Here’s the lesson: when God allows crisis into your life, He doesn’t solve it immediately. He lets it go on for a while because He wants to see if you’re really serious about seeking Him.

If He answered your prayers immediately every time, you’d begin to think God was just a big vending machine. You put in a prayer, pull out whatever you need. That’s not how God is.

God is like a good parent, He doesn’t rescue His kids every time they find themselves in a difficult situation. He lets them struggle with the consequences of their decisions. Otherwise, they might just do the same thing again.

Even worse, because we don’t suffer the consequence of our actions we don’t learn any discipline. Without wisdom and discipline we’re bound to repeat our poor choices time and time again.

God’s ultimate goal is not to become your problem solving vending machine. His ultimate goal is to help you grow the character that will stand you in good stead both for this life and the one to come.

So if you’re in a crisis here are some good words of wisdom: hang in there! Don’t give up! Don’t run from it! Don’t try to escape!

The difficulties you have in life didn’t get there overnight. You may have worked for years at getting yourself into the mess you’re in. You have a lot of ingrained patterns, bad responses, bad habits and wrong ways of responding that have built up over the years.

So God isn’t going to remove those all at once. It’s kind of like peeling an onion; He takes them off one layer at a time.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don