I Asked God to Teach Me

I have often heard people say or write that “God sent” them problems – meaning that all would have been okay if he would have just left them alone. They believe that our heavenly Father creates situations for us just to see if we can handle it. Some insinuate that God forces them into situations so that they might get some much needed spiritual exercise whether they want it or not.

The following concept is their basic idea:
I asked God for patience – so he made me a parent.
I asked God to help me have longsuffering – so he placed a racist person in my life.
I asked God to teach me how to be thoughtful of others – so he put a homeless person in my path.
I asked God to help me learn to love – so he put people in my life that didn’t like me.
I analyzed these ideas and would like to share how I see my heavenly Father.
I asked God for patience – so he made me a parent.

In reality, whether we have patience or not, our heavenly Father blesses us with children that we might multiply upon the earth. They are conceived by cause and effect and because he has given us dominion. But it is good that children motivate us to want to be patient since we most often don’t feel that need toward others. We were born with a need for patience; life itself demands it if we want to be at peace with our surroundings.

I asked God to help me have longsuffering – so he placed a racist person in my life.

Racist people are all around us in one form or another and have been from the beginning of time. Their vibes and attitudes cause us to just avoid them when possible, which blocks them from being in our lives. No matter where they are we still feel the impact of their attitude, but many people don’t realize it. When we are convicted of racism, we feel the sting of a racist because we have eyes to see the damage it does. Racist are not placed in our lives to force us to be longsuffering; they have been in our lives all along.

I asked God to teach me how to be thoughtful of others – so he put a homeless person in my path.

By the time we develop enough spiritually that we become aware of our need to be more thoughtful, we have probably seen several homeless people without even being aware or feeling any responsibility.  If we pray for thoughtfulness, it is because we have matured in spirit enough to want to be a light to those less fortunate spiritually and physically. We are, in reality, seeking the Father to show us how to be useful.

I asked God to help me learn to love – so he put people in my life that didn’t like me.

There are always people in our lives that don’t like us, we just don’t always notice. It is like my three year old grandson, which is going through the biting stage. In his prayers, he thanks God because everybody loves him, when in reality, there are several kids that have learned to hate him.

As we mature in love, that very love exposes hate. Anytime there are two opposites together, one reveals the other. As we develop in the principles of Christ, the works of the flesh are exposed. As Christians, we either feel offended at what we see or we see an opportunity to make a difference.

So therefore, Yahweh (God) is not the blame for our discomforts and trials; he just opens our spiritual eyes and we act accordingly. We are pulled away by the lust of our own flesh and we reap what we sow. We are creators of our own problems. We marry, have children, and put ourselves out into the workplace; we create situations by our very freedom to choose and to connect with imperfect people. It’s called “life”.

Where much is known, much is required for us to feel fulfilled. When we want to make a positive difference in the world and we want to be a light in the darkness, we will seek the Father to use us. We will not be forced by the Holy Spirit into any situation that we have not created by “our own” choices. We have dominion over our lives whether we like it or not! He will not call us without equipping us for victory.

Paul said, in Romans 10:2-3, “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”

Isaiah said, in Isaiah 6:8, “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

Isaiah was sent out to be the voice of the Lord in his day, because he wanted to. He was not forced to go, but if he went he had to recognize his enemy and know his weapons of warfare to be effective. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is our weapons of warfare. If we do not want to use such weapons, then we will not be sent out in the name of the Lord. The battle will still exist, but we will be warring against the Lord and our life will be most miserable.