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What Has God Done For You Lately?

What has God done for you lately? What has God done for me lately?

Have you ever realized that many of our complaints today are about things we once fervently prayed for in the past? Our answered prayers have become today’s whine.

I have. And I am ashamed.

For instance.

PAST PRAYER: Lord, please help us buy this house.
TODAY’S WHINE: A house that has dropped fifty percent in value with the market crash and a mortgage that is difficult to meet each month.
TRUTH: It gave our family shelter from the storms for many years and it’s still worth more than when we bought it.

PAST PRAYER: Help me start a business of my own.
TODAY’S WHINE: A company that is now challenged in a difficult economy.
TRUTH: The business has provided for my family for fifteen years.

PAST PRAYER: Please help me land a book publishing contract.
TODAY’S WHINE: Seemingly impossible writing deadlines.
TRUTH: Many other writers would do anything to have my “problems”.

PAST PRAYER: Please help me buy a car that will last a long time.
TODAY’S WHINE: I drive a car that is seventeen years old.
TRUTH: This amazing car has been mostly trouble-free for seventeen years. 

PAST PRAYER: Lord, please encourage this precious woman to say “Yes”.
TODAY’S WHINE: A wife who questions some of my plans.
TRUTH: What bothers me most is she’s RIGHT. My bride is my most trusted adviser. 

So the better question is this: Why does God do ANYTHING for me lately?

There are SO many others who have so much less than I do, and bear it with a smile.

Paul wrote it beautifully when he shared:

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1 Tim 6: 6-10 

Piercing myself with many griefs? I am guilty as charged. Father, please forgive me. Give me a thankful heart for every breath I breathe.

What about you? What has God done for you lately?


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10 Responses to What Has God Done For You Lately?

  1. Absolutely, brother. I know I do the same thing, usually with work: “God, I so desperately want to edit and write for a living!”turns into “God, please make it so that I never have to work again! I’m so tired!”
    It’s amazing He extends His grace to us so readily and repeatedly!

  2. God’s wonders are all around me. He does so much. He provides everything I need and have. I think my concern should be focused on what I do for Him. The verses that make me think this are in Matthew and are in my heart like this: “I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in… and I was in prison and you visited me.” I’m not so good at this, I need practice… but God’s blessings just keep falling.

  3. Michael, we all do this. We ask and receive, then we complain and want something bigger and better. Sheesh! Thanks for the reminder. I’m TRULY thankful for what I have. (Though, I would love to have one on my picture books made into a TV show on Nickelodeon.) *wink*

  4. Jenny Guiton says:

    What a timely post. It’s a great reminder before Christmas. Thank you.

  5. Rose-Marie says:

    Thank you so much, I really needed this. He his given me three options for a new job and I whined about having to choose. Truth: He provides!

  6. Great reminders. Thank you so much. I see myself in this too.

  7. Paul says:

    There’s also the old saying – “Be careful what you pray for”

  8. Great post Michael! yeah right many of us also do the same thing. Thanks for reminding us. All we need is keep on praying to him. God has a plan and purpose for everyone. God is so good. I trust him so much.

  9. Lynn says:

    This has encouraged me to look at my blessings and answered prayers and thank God for all of them. I can even thank him for the tough and terrible things now because he has used them to help me grow in knowledge and trust in him…great post…thanks.

  10. Absolutely right. Praying is a part of being christian this is the way of talking to God so pray sincerely.

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