Most of us still approach God like the Pharisees, thinking maybe if I pray more at midnight or tithing until blue in the face, giving more to the poor, and fast dry; we cannot receive from God.Nothing is wrong with obeying God and keeping our Christians values or commands, but is this out of love or strife or work?
In other words, what we are doing is bargaining with God. Perhaps you may disagree with me and say nothing is wrong with bargaining with God-for instance, last time you donated your monthly salary you got answers to your problem.
Great! But nothing touches the heart of God more than a broken spirit that not only submits but seeks in complete reverence.
If you are ill and cannot fast or broke and cannot give; does it mean God will not answer your prayers?
It is dangerous to make pledges and promises we cannot keep as we see with Ananias and Sapphira.
Acts 5:2 “With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.”
Note that it is not what we give that matters, but God is more concerned about the intentions of the heart.
Mark 12:43-44 “Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
Also note that in the verses below, the leprosy man and the thief on the cross have nothing to bargain with.
Matthew 8:2-3 “A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
All the thief can ask for is that Jesus remember me!
Luke 23:42-43 “Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
With 2016 is rounding up. Are you asking in desperation what next Lord? You have thrown in all your bargains with fasting, tithing, and praying.
But nothing seems to be shifting or no answer. However, don’t be discouraged. Remember Habakkuk 2:3 “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
Now that you have nothing to bargain with than your broken self; kneel down like the leper before Him-the Kings of kings.
Ask for forgiveness, mercy and cry to Him, to remember you!
As we come to end of 2016, whatever else you’re seeking. God will remember YOU. And I wish you all the best in 2017.