Insulting God (Consecrate18 Devotion #9)

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Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

I am the father of a 3 year old and a soon to be 1 year old.  I love my daughters, and I never cease to be amazed by them as they grow.  It seems as if every day they become exponentially more capable than the day before.

Yet, there are simply some things I do not expect them to be capable of doing.  If there were a stranger banging on the door at 2 am, I would not send my 3 year old to investigate and protect the family.  When the bills come in, I do not ask my 1 year old to take a part time job.  I never ask them to do the laundry, or make dinner, or cut the lawn, change the oil, or drive us to our destinations.

Why Not?  Is it because I do not love them?  Do I doubt our relationship?  Do I doubt that they want the best for their daddy?

No.  The reason I don’t ask them to do those things is because they are tasks that are beyond their ability.  My girls don’t possess the strength or skill to complete those requests if I were to ask.

Yet, at the same time, imagine that same 3am knock.  Except this time, my wife tells me she will go to the door.  As the husband and protector, I would be insulted.

Why?  Because she is doubting my ability to do exactly what I have promised I would do, namely, protect her.

That makes me think.  How many times have my prayers, or lack thereof, been an insult to God?

Just remember, when you do not pray about it, you are telling God you do not trust His power is sufficient to do what you need.  Every time you seek counsel but do not pray… is an affront to God.  Every time you try to fix it, but don’t pray… is an insult.

Today, when you have a need, the small ones and the HUGE needs.  Take care to not insult God.  Give it to Him in prayer.

 

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