Today's Devotional Thought
October 26, 2011 by Wendy Foreman
You Must Hate Me
My son taught me a very important lesson the other night just before bed. He was determined that when he went to bed that he would watch a movie to fall asleep. In his mind, this was not too different from his normal routine of watching a little television to fall asleep. Most of the time, he watches sports and recently it has been baseball because of the World Series being played. He usually watches for a couple of minutes and then is asleep in no time.
However, when a movie is put on, he will stay awake until the movie is over (and not fall asleep in a couple of minutes like when he watches television). So, when he asked about watching the movie, we told him that he wasn't allowed to. He tried his best to talk us into it, but we ultimately won.
And, that is when his comment came: "You must hate me because you won't let me watch the movie. You must hate me."
I was shocked. But, I addressed his comment, we said prayers, I kissed him good night and then walked out of the bedroom.
As I walked out of his bedroom, I realized how much his comment sounds like us talking to God. We ask Him for many things in our lives and much like my husband and I told our son no, God sometimes tells us no. You see He knows that if we get what we want sometimes, then we won't do what we should do.
My son needed to sleep and not stay up and watch a movie. He needed his sleep to be able to do what was expected of him in the next day. Friends, there are many things in this life we think we need and God is up in Heaven shaking His head and trying to tell us that that is not what we need. We may not see it (like my son didn't see the difference between a movie and television), but He does see it with his "parent wisdom" thing. And, in our best interest, he sometimes tells us no.
Deuteronomy 6:2b tells us that God has laid out decrees and commands for us to follow and that they have been put in place so that we can have a long and enjoyable life if we follow them. We all as parents have put rules in place because we love our children and we want them to have enjoyable lives. If they break the rules, they will have consequences and the same is true for us.
As I have thought through my sons comment and related it to my relationship with God, I decided to begin to really pray and ask God if what I am asking for is what is truly best for me. As I grow in my relationship with Christ, I crave what HE has for me and not what I think might be best.
Today if you are asking God for something and maybe feeling like He hates you because you are not getting it, maybe you should stop and begin asking if what you are asking for is God's very best for you. Friends, he doesn't hate you. In fact, he loves you very much!