Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

So I guess this post is one long drawn out random thought.

Why is it that we are sold this idea that if you want something bad enough then you will get it.

I thought about that this week. You hear people with this strong belief that they just know they will get "x" because they want it so bad. I totally get the ideology when it comes to certain things because that means the person works hard and works towards achieving "x" and if all things fall in line then you get "x" but even then not all peoples and persons who work so hard get to achieve their "x"

I asked a poll question this week to give me some insight into people who have a strong belief in something. One of the answers I received to summarize was basically that they believe God has decreed it - which led me to another thought.

Now, once God enters the convo, I can't argue against someone's belief in him so that was the end of the convo for me but what I was thinking was back to those who believe God has decreed. Does this mean he doesn't decree same for all. You hear a lot of Christians always announce how they are favored by God - if you are a long time reader you will know the word "favored" makes me uncomfortable because it implies God prefers some to others.

Anyways, before I digress there are Christians who believe and still do not get what they believe for. If belief or wanting something so bad was all it took won't everyone be happy. Won't every sick loved one be healed. Won't every childless couple have a child. Every poor family suddenly have wealth. Basically won't the whole world be so much happier if wanting something so bad was all it took.

I remember when my mom passed and I would read my Bible. I would come across verses that said how God took care of his own and I would legit shut down my Bible. I didn't understand what it meant. Does it mean we weren't one of His own, so He didn't heal my mom. One of the explanations told to me that at the end of the day it is "God's will" that rules and we just have to learn to deal with it and trust it has a reason.

That's fair enough but on the flip side does it also mean we are just human beings who are trying to attach some strong hope and convince ourselves. Maybe things just happen to us with no rhyme or reason. We often discount the incidences where people just fall into stuff.

If anyone has any insight into this I would love to hear it. Anytime I have this convo it ends up with people focusing on me questioning belief and saying unless you have complete belief then you can't understand and it taints how you think and it manifests et al et al. Not sure I want to apologize for having these questions but I am very open to being enlightened.

Have a great weekend. I think this song is apt hehe

P.S The question mark on my laptop (as well as many other buttons) are broken so you may notice my questions weren't actually asked. No money for new laptop so I am trucking along.



4 comments:

yujubee said...

I don't know about wanting something bad a enough and getting it. As a believer, it may not be the will of God for you. My simplest explanation/ understanding is as a parent.I want the best for my kids, and they know I love them, but they will not get everything they ask for or when they ask for. Sometimes I don't have the answers to their " but why can't i?" because they just wont understand.At this age I know them more than they know their selves and I can tell who will do well with what and who won't or who will struggle with something. So I operate individually. So tying this to our relationship with God, and knowing that the wisdom of man is foolishness to God. What we think we need and want is not always what God is after for us. He wants the best, he wants us to prosper,He will make a way, but,but, only if we seek him and walk in the path He wants us to,every other thing will be added. Sometimes we need to get our head out of all this material stuff and worship God for who is..
Jeez, this turned out religious. Sorry. I've had experiences and questions too. This is how I have been able to let go and just let God have is way, as long as at the end( which is what matters really ) I am not overcome. The focus should be running a good race, every other thing jara.
Have a great weekend. :)

Neuyogi said...

I like your analogy of using parenthood. The only thing is I fail to see how letting our loved ones or family die is God wanting what's best for us in the long run.

Mz.T said...

I don't subscribe to that notion of believing hard enough. I've wanted a few things badly, prayed for them consistently and then they didn't happen. And each time that happened, my comfort was know that God's will was being done and mine probably just didn't align with His. My belief that He does have a plan for my life that I may not be able to see yet is what keeps me going. I do beleive that everything has rhyme and reason, but man just isn't privy to the rhyme and reason.. I'm thinking "My thoughts are higher than your thoughts and my ways are higher than your ways" type situation (paraphrase from somewhere in Isaiah. God alone knows why things happen or not. I think you're right in the God's will bit and that we're just human beings. But I do think what you see as "attaching strong hope and convince ourselves" is pretty much what faith is. It's pretty much the whole premise of our entire walk with the Lord. Jesus died to give us hope. We haven't seen Him, we haven't seen God, but our hope and beleive in them, keeps us trudging on, day afer dat.

Berry Dakara said...

This is something I've been struggling with for the past few weeks.