Psalm 68:19 for September 21, 2009
~Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.~
Author Elizabeth Elliot writes in A Lamp for My Feet about a game she played as a young girl. She writes, “My mother or father would say, “Shut your eyes and hold out your hand.’ That was the promise of some lovely surprise. I trusted them, so I shut my eyes instantly and held out my hand. Whatever they were going to give me I was ready to take.” She continues, “So should it be in our trust of our heavenly Father. Faith is the willingness to receive whatever He wants to give, or the willingness not to have what He does not want to give.”
If your prayers aren’t answered in the way you expect them to be, there may be a good reason! Several months before Christmas, Jared begged his mother to buy him a new bicycle just like his friend’s—and he had to it now. His mother was single mom, however, and there was no extra money for a new bicycle until Christmas.
Jared’s friend generously lent him his bicycle to ride, and the longer Jared rode it, the more he realized it really wasn’t the right bicycle for him. For one thing, it didn’t have the racing brakes he wanted.
How often do we think God has forgotten us, when He’s merely giving us time to understand what we really want and bringing us His best?