Is God Holding Out On Me?

Is God Holding Out On Me?

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We all may have asked this question, especially when there is something that we really want or need and God doesn’t seem to be coming through for us.  God has the power to provide so why doesn’t He just give us the thing we’re hoping or praying for?  If we’re not careful, our thoughts might go in this direction:

God is holding this back from me.  Maybe He’s not such a good God after all.  Maybe He’ll never come through for me.  Maybe He doesn’t love me.

If we begin to think these thoughts, we’ll come to the conclusion that our life will be better if we manage it ourselves.  Why trust God?  Better yet, why follow Him at all?

This question of God’s goodness and whether God is holding out on us is as old as the Garden of Eden.  Yes, this is exactly why Eve gave in to the serpent’s enticement to eat the fruit that God had forbidden Adam and Eve to eat.  In spite of God’s command, Eve began to consider Satan’s argument as to why she should eat the fruit.

The first thing Satan said to Eve was, “Did God really say….?”  In other words, he wanted Eve to begin to question God’s Word.  Did God really say that you shouldn’t eat of any tree in the garden?  Maybe He didn’t mean that at all.  Actually, it’s a good thing to eat, after all, you can be like God if you eat it.  You’ll be in charge!

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil looked good.  It didn’t appear to be wrong to eat the fruit.  Eve reasoned that if God prohibited this fruit, He must be holding back something good from her.  She decided to take matters into her own hands and do what she thought was good.  She decided to be “God” of her own life rather than live in submission to God.

Have I done this in my life?

Do I think I know better than God?  After all, there are many things that appear to be good and it doesn’t make sense that God would hold it back!

How important is the “one thing” I can’t have?

God gave Adam and Eve a beautiful garden and they were free to enjoy eating any fruit except the fruit of one tree.  Which tree did Satan use to cause them to fall away from God?  The tree that was prohibited.  Adam and Eve’s desire for the one thing they couldn’t have caused them to believe lies about God and sever their intimacy with Him.

But what I want is a good thing!

Some of our desires and needs are good and legitimate.  But anything we desire that we don’t have right now can tempt us to question God’s goodness and force us to decide whether we’ll change our belief about God or whether we’ll submit to His will.  God may provide the very thing we desire later and we need to submit to His timing.  Or, maybe it’s something that is outside of His will for us.  Or, maybe it’s a sin and God wants to protect us from the consequences.

Whatever the reason God isn’t providing the “thing,” how will I react?  Will I place that thing above God?

Do I question God’s promise that He loves me and is a good God?  Or, will I trust God and know that He has a plan for me?

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!  Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”  Psalm 34:8

 

Laurie Driesen About Laurie Driesen

Laurie Driesen is a writer, entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion is to encourage and strengthen people's faith by sharing the truth of God's Word through her writing. In her recently published book, Beyond Regret - Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices, Laurie shares how God uses our mistakes and detours to lead us into His will and accomplish His true purpose for our lives. Check out her website for more.

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  1. Thank you so much for this post, Laurie. I so needed reminded to trust God’s plan above my own and to want what He wants for me.

    • Laurie Driesen says:

      Thank you Cynthia, I sort felt like I was writing this to myself! There are some things that I pray for (family members or other needs) and I have to remind myself that God needs to be above all those things that I think are so important.

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