Months ago, Danae and Noelle were playing with umbrellas at home. They used it as their “houses.” Noelle was younger then and she just took one of the umbrellas. Danae, of course, protested, saying that she needed it. Noelle was having fun with one, while Danae kept whining that she only had 3 left.
Sometimes frustrated, I often ask her for this favor: “Can you please just be happy?” It’s a choice. Just be happy.
When we leave the kids at home, they often request us to buy donuts. One night, King came home from work and Danae asked if her dad brought her some, which of course King didn’t. They didn’t ask for any when King left and King certainly didn’t promise to bring home some. She was disappointed and kept on sulking.
Here’s another clear picture of how we are sometimes. We expect to receive things that either we did not ask for or we were not promised. Of course we end up disappointed! We set ourselves up!
Think about it. Did you ask God for it? Did you pray about it? Whether it’s a job, a relationship, an opportunity, a trip, a gadget or car or house? Is this God’s promise to you? This kind of or particular job? This man? This country?
The more we build our relationship with God through prayer, by reading His word and through church, the more we know God’s promises and God’s will for each of us. God is a promise-maker and a promise-keeper, but don’t expect Him to give you something that He doesn’t offer in the first place.