Hebrews 12:11New Living Translation (NLT)
11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
Have you ever witnessed a complete melt down by a toddler in the grocery store? It is a sight to behold. It usually starts with a request for something not good for them, followed by a “no” from the authority figure, followed by a “please” followed by a “no” followed by more pleeeeeases, which are returned with a louder ” I said no”
the child doesn’t give up, they begin to cry- louder. When that doesn’t yield results get ready to see them on the floor.
What happens next can vary- sometimes the parental figure will just stand there waiting for the episode to end other times the child has to be forcible removed with a threat of “time out” other times the child actually gets the original item that caused the raucous in the first place.
And so it is with us and our Heavenly Father. We are indeed the toddler in the grocery store. We have asked God for something through prayer and when we don’t get the response we were seeking we “pitch a fit”
We go back to him day after day with our “please” and if we don’t think he is answering us in a timely manner, or has told us NO we start crying or get angry.
God’s No means No. I often teach that “No” is an anointed word. It keeps us from making horrible mistakes.
just like the Parent in the store, sometimes God gives us what we “think” we want only to have disaster strike and the process starts all over again.
When we are asking God for something over and over, before we begin our full out tantrum give yourself a TIME OUT
Go sit down, in a quiet area, where you have a chance to reflect on your request and actions. Take some time to remember that every good and perfect gift comes from God and he will withhold no good thing from you.