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Last year when I got my puppy, my world was crumbling around me, but time with her was a blissful reprieve. She threw up in the car? No big deal. Whining at 2:00am? Doesn’t matter. The inconveniences that came with training her were inconsequential in the “honeymoon days,” and the novelty of giving her treats was even more fun than imagined. Sometimes I gave them to her just because I wanted to, but most of the time, I used them as a reward for her obedience. Only one circumstance stopped me from giving them to her.
The first time it happened was three days after I got her. She bounded out the front door down the steps into the dead, yellow grass. I followed her with a handful of her favorite peanut-butter treats, planning to work on “sit” in a new environment. Expecting her tail to instantly hit the ground, I gave her the “sit” sign that had worked flawlessly inside, ready to praise her for doing such a good job and watch her enjoy her treat. But all she did when I gave the command was roll around in a pile of crumpled leaves. I put the treat right in front of her nose, said her name, and clicked my tongue to get her attention, but my distracted pup wouldn’t even look at me.
I really wanted to give her a treat – that was my plan all along – but, unable to justify rewarding her for actively disobeying me, I put them in my pocket for another time when she’d “appreciate” them more.
I had never pictured God being excited to give me something until I had that experience with my puppy that day. Have you ever wondered if He’s watching you, eagerly waiting to give you something good that you’ll benefit from, and even enjoy? I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t always my first instinct. I used to believe God was begrudgingly giving me the things I needed. But that’s not the reality according to scripture. If we read Isaiah 30:18-19, we see that God actually DOES want to bless us:
And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment (H4941 a verdict, a sentence, justice, right, privilege): blessed are all they that wait for him…he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
This scripture shows that God is anticipating blessing us; in fact, Jesus tells us that He longs to be gracious to us even more than a loving dad longs to be gracious to his child (Matthew 7:7-11). He “takes pleasure in His people” (Psalm 149:4), and His heart towards us is good.
You may be wondering, “What does that verse mean He’s waiting on, though?” I’ll tackle this in my next post “Receiving in God’s Timing,” but for now, I’m wondering: What is your view of God like? Do you believe He’s looking on you with love, wanting the best for you, or do you think He’s watching & waiting for you to mess up, withholding good things from you?
No matter how we see God, the reality of who He is — patient and kind, the Giver of every good gift (James 1:17), longing to be gracious to us — hasn’t changed. When we struggle to believe an aspect of His character, let’s approach Him boldly (Hebrews 4:16) and ask what could be causing this unbelief, being certain that He’s happy to answer us (James 1:5-6).
And as you go, remember that God is for you (Romans 8:31), and He has loved you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). May you receive the truth of His word — and anything else He has in store for you — in faith today!
*I’d be glad to send you this image as a lock screen — just let me know in the comments 🙂
8 thoughts on “Receiving in Faith”
Charlsie! I love this so much. To be honest I’ve been having a hard time with my mental & physical health lately. I walked in the rain in the woods the other day and came back crying asking my husband why God won’t help me with my problems. I’m being brutally honest here and it has me questioning my faith. But today and yesterday have been better. I can’t wait to read your next entry. This couldn’t have come at a better time. And thank you for the flowers you sent me almost 9 years ago when I was pregnant and in the hospital with a kidney infection. I will never forget your kindness and acceptance. ❤
Brittany!! I’m so glad to hear from you! I’m sorry to hear that you’re having a tough time but am honored that you shared that — thank you for your honesty. I’ve found that God is often at work in many ways that I can’t see at the time, but His hand is always clear looking back. I hope in a few weeks or months you’ll be able to write back and tell me what all He was working on behind the scenes 🙂 Psalm 17:8 tells us that we’re the apple of His eye, so He hasn’t stopped paying attention to you, and He’ll never leave you. Aww thank you for that encouragement! It was always so nice being in class with you…you were always so kind and approachable 🙂 I’ll be praying that God gives you the answers you need!
Thank you for your story, Charlsie!
God delights in blessing His children. He knows us and He loves us.
Amen! Thanks so much for reading, Pam! Your encouragement means a lot to me!
Thank you, too!
Also, can you send me the last image you used in this story, please? I would like to use it as my lock screen image. Thank you! 😊
I’d be glad to! It’s on its way 🙂
Received it!! Thank you soo much!! 😊