“Praying for revival equates to blaming God for the condition of your local church. – Andy Stanley.
People get mad at God. We are not the first Christians to have felt angry at God. And we will not be the last to feel the urge to blame Him. If we believe in God at all, we should believe He is bigger and stronger than we can even imagine. verses about how big and powerful our God is. We’re told God does whatever He pleases (Psalm 115:3), that nothing happens outside His control (Proverbs 16:33), He will accomplish all His plans (Daniel 4:35), and not even a rebellious human will thwart Him (Proverbs 21:1).
As we reflect back on our life, we often ask the question with all that power, why didn’t God use some of that power in my life to avert tragedy. Our natural tendency is to find a culprit. So we turn to God saying: “Lord why is this happening to me? Why have you abandoned me? Why is my life such a mess? Where are you?” After all, it would not take much effort from the Creator who knows all, sees all, and is the master of all, to solve our problems. But if we stop and reflect for a few moments, we would have to come to the conclusion that some, if not all of our lows were because of or caused by us. We are looking to God to fix the things we’ve done wrong.
We want to fight against our enemies when sometimes the worst of those enemies is ourselves. We are our own enemies when it comes to spiritual growth. We create some of our problems and pride serves as a buffer against admitting that we are the real source of our problems. Many of us can’t escape this scenario because we are so cozy in our comfort zones. We don’t want anything to disturb our regular schedules. We don’t want anyone to dictate what we should do. We just wanna be our own masters, live like we please but when things go sideways, we question why God does not intervene. That mentality suggests that we want a full-time committed God when we are not willing to make the same commitment. If we aren’t doing our part, why do we keep begging God to do His?
The first step is to realize God is the only one who can guide and direct us into our paths and purposes in life. And acknowledge that many of the mistakes we make we bring upon ourselves due to our bad choices. Check yourself again and stop blaming God. Pray and ask God to reveal to you whatever it is within you that is hindering you from growing. Then ask God to help you make the right choices going forward.
- Someone once said that ”no man was ever endowed with a right without being at the same time saddled with a responsibility.” Agree or disagree and why?
- What can we do this week to make better choices?