The only thing that we are really entitled to or that we’ve “earned” is death. (Romans 6:23)
I’ve always been an ambitious person. I set goals. I achieve them. I set new ones.
But oh, what happens when we don’t achieve a goal we’ve set out for ourselves.? What about when we begin to pursue something we truly are passionate about, but fail at it? Or how about that relationship that you’ve set all your hopes and dreams in, and it ends with a bad breakup? Who’s fault is it? Do you play the blame game? I have.
I have found myself in seasons of utter disappointment with God. I have had the mindset that God has set me up to fail. We’ve all been there. We allow ourselves to get so low, we even begin to question his love for us. We begin to feel like he owes us! We deserve to be given what we “asked” for, or rather demanded of him.
Instead of us asking God “Why aren’t you blessing me with more?” We should be asking him “Why should you bless me? What have I done to deserve it?” The truth is God owes us nothing. Anything beyond the sacrifice of his son is a bonus for us. I know that may be hard to hear, but it’s the truth. Everything that we need, God has given us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Society teaches us that we deserve more. More money. More opportunities. More success. More, more, more. But God says to us “My grace is sufficient for you.” When we learn to be content in what we’ve been given, where we’ve been placed and who we’ve been chosen to live life with; then we can fully experience the joy and freedom he intended for us to live in as a result of the life sacrificed for us.
God wants to bless us. “I will enjoy blessing them. With all my heart and soul I will faithfully plant them in this land.” Jeremiah 32:41
We also have to remember and understand that every promise has a premise; there’s a condition attached to it.
If we delight ourselves in the Lord… (Psalm 37:4)
If we seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness… – Matthew 6:33
If we Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding… Proverbs 3:5-6
He is or provider. He is our fortress. He is our strong tower. He is everything we will ever need. So let’s take our eyes off of the blessings and keep our eyes on the blesser. We owe him that.