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Those Tears Don't Phase Me 😙

So we all know the scripture that God will give us the desires of our heart, right?

"Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart" NIV [Psalms 37:4]

A lot of us like to quote that scripture, basically as evidence that God is obligated to give us what we want... that we have a right to receive it. Another time, we'll discuss why that reasoning is faulty. But throughout my time of building an authentic, intimate relationship with God, and seeing Him move in my life, I believe my favorite characteristic of God is actually that He does not always give me what I want.

What do I mean by this? There have been so many times where I asked God for something that would have completely derailed my purpose, made me not work as hard, stolen life-changing opportunities from me, or even created unnecessary friendships. Typically, it isn't until several months (or even years) later that I realize God's no was divine protection.

I cannot even begin to explain the amount of gratitude I feel whenever I think of the times God told me no. He loves me enough to not be moved by my tears or attitude, to stand firm in His no because He sees what I cannot. God knows the consequences of my requests, meanwhile I'm just trying to keep my flesh happy. He doesn't prioritize my comfort or contentment over my safety. Think about how difficult that must be; Most parents have a difficult time just letting their infants cry. And God can physically feel our hurt, but that does not change His answer. We are so blessed to have such a loving Father.

Have you ever thought about your favorite characteristic of God? Think about it, and then audibly thank Him for this.

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