There is no recipe, work, title, position, or spiritual condition that one must meet in order for God to answer our prayers exactly the way we want Him too. We cannot say to God: "This is my child, husband, mother or father and they shall not suffer. When we do that we stick our finger in God's face and tell Him that He doesn't know what He is doing! Things have to be the way we say they should be; after all, I'm Missionary Johnson, I'm Pastor Mason, I'm deacon so and so, or I'm the president of this organization or company. Lord you must not know how important I am to the family, church, organization, or business!.
But God raises an eyebrow, if he has one, lol and tells us: "You're meddling now in places where you have no business meddling. What business is it of yours if I allow pain, sickness, disease, famine or peril to come into the lives of a loved one, a business partner, a parishioner or some other significant individual. There was a conversation in John's 21:20-23. This was the conversation where Jesus shows up at the Sea of Tiberius. Simon, Thomas, Nathaniel, James and John had decided to to fishing. I guess they forgot that Jesus told them He would make them "fisher of men!" They decided to go back to the job that they were the most comfortable with. But even these professional fishermen had no luck. They didn't realize that what use to work for them would no longer produce the fruit that would be pleasing to God. So all night long they caught nothing.
Jesus shows up on the shore, yells out to them; "Children have you caught any meat/ fish?" And they said no. Then He tells them to cast their nets on the right side of the ship. And when they obeyed, they caught so many fish that their net almost broke. When Peter hears John (the disciple whom Jesus loved) say to them,It is Jesus," Peter puts on his garment and jumps in the water and swims ashore to get to Jesus. The others bring the ship in with the net full of fish. This was the third time Jesus showed himself to his disciples. After a series of question directed at Peter's devotion and love for Him, and after Jesus tells about the sacrifice and suffering it will take to fulfill the great commission as well as and the type of death he must suffer for His name sake; Peter steers the conversation in the direction of John. He wants to know what will become of John "the beloved disciple" according to the Bible. Jesus tells him, "No worry about John follow me. and by the way, what is that to thee?" Feed my sheep. ( verse 20).
And that is the problem that many of us have in the kingdom of God. We are too worried about what God is doing in someones life, that we get distracted and lose our focus. Even if that person is a member of our own family, even if that loved one is suffering from a terrible disease like cancer, we must not stick our nose in God's business. We must recognize that our God is sovereign! He can do what he wants, to whomever He wants, when and how he wants to do it!
Whatever He does we have to know that: "God knows the plans He thinks towards us; plans to do us good and not evil, plans to bring us to an expected end." (Jeremiah 29:11) We have to know that God has an expected end for us. He causes the good and bad to work together for our good.( Roman's 8:28). I know and am persuaded that: "I still will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13) And my latter years shall be greater than my past.
It is a gorgeous day out there today. I hope you experienced the joy of the Lord today. If you didn't catch the segment: "From Broken Bread, To Poured Out Wine" today, this is a summary of what I discussed on the air today. Join me next Tuesday on WKND 1480 am from 12:00-12:30pm.
And: "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!