As a rule I wouldn’t share a story verbatim from another writer’s book. Unless I am entertaining a guest blogger or another author-post my blog posts are my own words. Generally shared with a quote or two from another author or source. Today, is different.
After praying about my topic for Day 8 of the #write31days challenge, one of Warren Wiersbe’s book excerpts was a stand out.
While you may find his writing to be strong words; they are true. As we walk the path of life and seek renewal and refreshment when we are overwhelmed, we can be guilty of expecting a “now” answer-relief.
At times the answer comes in that instantaneous way, but other times it’s like the tides, an ebb and flow, with occasional stormy crashes of waves.
Learning to trust. Trust in Jesus. His mercy. Grace. Trust His constancy. He is always with us. Breathe deep and empty out completely.
Dr. Wiersbe’s is a wonderful writer, with over 80 books in publication. He is best known for his missions work, and that of serving as the General Director and Bible Teacher of Back to the Bible for ten years. May you be blessed as you continue to follow my 31 Day Writing series: Dew Drops, 31 Days of Refreshing your Spirit.
God Isn’t In A Hurry
I have felt for a long time that one of the particular temptations of the maturing Christian is the danger of getting accustomed to his blessings. Like the world traveler who has been everywhere and seen everything, the maturing Christian is in danger of taking his blessings for granted and getting so accustomed to them that they fail to excite him as they once did.
Emerson said that if the stars came out only once a year, everybody would stay up all night to behold them. We have seen the stars so often that we don’t bother to look at them anymore. We have grown accustomed to our blessings.
The Israelites in the wilderness got accustomed to their blessings, and God had to chasten the people (see Num. 11). God had fed the nation with heavenly manna each morning, and yet the people were getting tired of it. “But now our whole being is dried up,” they said, “there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!” (v. 6).
Nothing but manna! They were experiencing a miracle of God’s provision every morning; yet they were no longer excited about it. Nothing but manna!
One of the evidences that we have grown accustomed to our blessings is this spirit of criticism and complaining. Instead of thanking God for what we have, we complain about it and tell him we wish we had something else. You can be sure that if God did give us what we asked for, we would eventually complain about that. The person who has gotten accustomed to his blessing can never be satisfied.
Another evidence of this malady is the idea that others have a better situation than we do. The Israelites remembered their diet in Egypt and longed to return to the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. They were saying, “The people in Egypt are so much better off than we are!” Obviously, they had forgotten the slavery they had endured in Egypt and the terrible bondage from which God had delivered them. Slavery is a high price to pay for a change in diet.
1 Warren Wiersbe, God Isn’t In a Hurry, (Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI, 1994), pp. 77-78
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