Category Archives: Assistance

God Doesn’t Play Fetch

Our God has been so wild lately. He doesn’t seem to listen, he doesn’t obey my commands, and we can’t even bribe him with treats. He’s gotten so out of hand, he may even have to be put down.

You ever notice how we often treat God as some sort of pet, perhaps a dog or a horse? Barking orders at him, offering bribes and compromises, and then getting upset when our pathetic efforts fail to achieve their desired effect? What? You don’t do that? Oh, my bad. Or maybe you have. I know I have. In fact, I probably still do it on occasion. That old Adam likes to butt in whenever he can. I’m willing to bet you’ve probably done the same at some point too, perhaps without realizing it. I believe we often do it in our prayers during out time of need. Now, this is not to say we are mistaken when do these things. In fact, scripture tells us cast our burdens upon the Lord. I think the problem is when we expect him to answer us the way we want him to.

For example, imagine one who is going through a rough time. So they pray, “God, grant me X so that I may be well.” This person is asking for something from God. This is what he wants and it is a perfectly reasonable thing to pray for. But let’s say in his heart he is expecting God to do this, it’s not so much a begging but a command. Who is he to order around God? Then again, we have such a forgiving God that it’s easy for us to attempt to take advantage of him even without our realizing it. Of course we can’t take advantage of him, but that’s not the point.

So this prayer goes seemingly unanswered and the man decides may he have done wrong by not offering something in return. “God, grant me X and I shall give you Y.” It seems like such a reasonable thing. Surely if he is offering something it must be for the greater good. Perhaps he will give up pornography or become a missionary or slaughter a lamb on the altar. Except his sacrifices do no good because God doesn’t want them.

As time passes, the man see’s those whom he deems vile and wicked enjoying life and gaining all they desire while his own life crumbles before his eyes. Dejected, he’s had enough of God. He kills him in his heart and finds a new one.

What the poor man doesn’t see is that God has already answered his prayers roughly two thousand years ago on a cross with his own son. A sacrifice that no other can compare to.

This fictional man I told you of is just one of many thousands of examples. Whatever your prayer, God has already answered it with the death of his son, Jesus Christ. Whatever your trial, cast it upon the Lord, but don’t be upset if you don’t get the answer you want. Whether you do or don’t get it delivered in your preferred method doesn’t matter because God has answered it how he sees fit. Honestly, any prayer that is answered as we want is simply just icing on the cake. Perhaps…

God is not the problem. The problem is the people who want to be the leader of the pack. We reintroduce God. We retrain people.

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Help without words

I helped an old man with the Bible yesterday. Honestly, I was caught completely off guard by his question. He walked in with his Android phone and I asked what I could do for him.

“How do I work the Bible button?”

At first, I thought I had misheard him as there is no Bible button and I’m sure there would be mass protests in the streets if Motorola attempted such a thing. I had to ask him again to be sure I had heard correctly and when he said it again I was positive that I was mishearing something. So upon receiving his phone I saw that he was in fact referring to a Bible app that had somehow been grouped with another app. My initial thought was this must be the problem and uncoupled the apps for his ease of use. Then I opened the app and to make sure he was able to use it.

“Hold on!” he protested. “I forgot something.”

The old man ran out to his car and came back with what I immediately recognized as scripture readings from any given Sunday. I didn’t get a long glimpse, but I don’t think he was Baptist as they didn’t resemble any of the formats that the Baptist churches in I’ve been to in my area. It appeared to be a bit more traditional from my estimation. I suppose I could’ve asked him his denomination, but politics and religion are generally frowned upon topics in the workplace. Especially when there are other customers around.

Anyhow, I tried helping him with the app and even searching the scriptures he had brought out from his car. I say tried because whoever designed the app did a very poor job. There seemed to be no real logic to it and even had buttons that didn’t function. I suggested he let me put a better app on his phone which he agreed. So I installed the app that I recently started using in my personal phone and it was such a verse showing him how to use it. He was thrilled with all the functionality of it. That is until I showed him how to switch between translations (the default being KJV).

“I don’t NEED any other version! ” he snapped angrily.

Okay, definitely not Lutheran.

Suffice to say, he was very happy that he could now use the scriptures on his phone. Judging from what he brought in, this was going to be a big help for him in church. While I’ve never been able to get behind the King James Version (I don’t care what anyone says, it’s not the same language), I’m glad to have been able to help someone in their Christian walk. I think perhaps something that we as Christians don’t always consider is that we can help people in their walk with Christ even when we’re not in a situation where we adequately talk to them about it. The tools we have at our disposal in this day and age are astounding. Sometimes we just need to give someone the right tool.

I honestly don’t know how he’ll be using the new app I put on his phone, but he left me with an impression that the app is going to help him be more involved in the word and his church.

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