… I asked God to take away my habit. God said…No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said… No. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience. God said…No. Patience is a by-product of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned.
I asked God to give me happiness. God said… No. I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you.
I asked God to spare me pain. God said… No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.
I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said… No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. God said… No. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.
I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me. God said… Ahhh… so, finally you get the idea.‘
To the world you might be one person. But, to one person you just might be the world. …. Author unknown.
We are told in Matthew 22:36-38 – “Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?” Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.… “The second is to love your neighbor as yourself.”
In almost every scenario… Our love and affection for God grows more intense as we grow in our knowledge of ‘His Word.’ Certainly, as newly saved Christians… we are aware of the God’s love for us, and our love for Him. But it is through the witness of God’s faithfulness during times of pain and suffering… that such a love for God grows more intense.
Over time, we witness His compassion, mercy, grace, and love for us, as well as His hatred for sin. We cannot love someone we don’t know. So knowing Him…. should be our first priority. Those who pursue God and His righteousness… and take seriously His commandment to love Him above all else… are those who are consumed with all things of God….and are eager to study God’s Word. We, therefore… are more eager to pray, more eager to obey, and more eager to share Jesus Christ with those others anxious for a relationship with Him. It is through these spiritual disciplines that the love for God grows and matures… to His Glory.