I may be carbon dating myself, but I remember the days when McDonald’s didn’t allow special orders. If you didn’t like minced onions on your burger; TOO BAD! But along comes Burger King. Back in the day, Burger King was on the cutting edge of customer service, with a philosophy that they would prepare your burger however you wanted it.
I have an aunt that takes this to the extreme. She wants her Whopper with mayo on the top bun, mustard on the bottom bun, a certain number of tomato slices, no pickles, and onion on the side!
While my aunts Whopper order is a bit extreme, they always oblige, because it is “her way”. All that being said, how many times did you hear your mom or dad say these words?
“This ain’t Burger King; you can’t have it your way!”
We have all heard it and many of us have said it. There are somethings with which our kids just can’t have their way. We, being mere men, know how to parent and protect our children how much more does God know whats best for us? We often go to God with a whole laundry list of things we want. From money and tangible things to situations and opportunities, we constantly bombard heaven with our special orders. We want things our way.
Preacher and rapper, Sho Baraka, describes it like this (and I’m paraphrasing):
Too often we go to God with a whole bunch of stuff on a list and we put an “X” at the bottom of the page, hoping He will just sign it; when God really wants us to present a blank page with our signature at the bottom. That says that we will be satisfied with His best for us.
Luke records the words of Jesus (11:11-13)
“Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
If we ask or seek God for anything, we must trust that He won’t pull the old switch-a-roo. God is in the business of providing everything we need and blessing us with all that He desires for us. If you have been praying and getting frustrated because God doesn’t seem to be cooperating with you, please be encouraged. God knows what’s best. The best blessings and the greatest favor come to those who cooperate with Him. The question is: what do you really want? Your way or God’s best?
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