Bargains

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”                                                                                                                                                  Isaiah 55:9

Funny how we try to bargain with God sometimes. I am guessing that we all do it, and I know I do. When I really consider it though, I don’t really think that is how God works. That is how WE work.

There are a lot of variations on this, I’m sure, but basically, when we want or need something, or when we are scared, or when we think that someone we love is in trouble, we might try to make a bargain with God.

“God, if you can just do this one thing for me, I promise I will be more faithful”; or “I will never engage in that behavior again if you can just take care of me this time”, and etc. The famous “foxhole promises” are examples of this. Heaven knows, the soldiers who were in terrible danger in war would have every reason to make such requests. I certainly do not blame them one bit.

Yet I believe that God does not make bargains like that. God always wants the best for us, but his sovereign ways are often not known to us. The bargains we try to make with God are the ways that we can lower our anxiety by exerting some control in a situation that we really cannot control. It makes us feel better to make that deal with God, feeling that He will now take care of what we need.

Please do not misunderstand, I definitely believe in prayer. I have written in past blogs about the value of prayer. But let’s be clear, that we do not pray to change God’s mind. Prayer is to change our mind about the situation.

Can God do miracles? Yes, indeed. He does miracles every day, both seen and unseen. My point here is that our relationship to God is not one of bargains and deals. It is about knowing his love for us and his provision, even if it does not look like the deal we proposed to him.

Prayer: Lord, we trust your provision for us, even when we do not see it.

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