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What's in it for God?

By shprdschld     Mar 15, 2007 in World
How many times have you gone about your day as a Christian asking how is this going benefit me?
I know that I've recently caught myself in a self talk session saying "maybe I should start asking what’s in it for me". Therefore, maybe I'm feeling a bit guilty for being selfish, but have you ever really considered the concept of "What's in it for God?" I've been a believer for over 36 years now. I've driven down the road screaming at God "Why? Why does so and so get such and such and here I am still lonely." Not that He chooses to answer me, but He patiently sets and waits until I'm finished having my pity party. He then draws me into His loving embrace and simply rocks me until I've calmed down.
I've also had times where my circumstances have driven me to grope for His understanding as I would get up each morning and search His word for strength for the day. Many times He would give me a verse or a chapter that would reassure me that He was in control and no amount of fretting or worrying was going to change what He was doing in my life. Still there have been more times when through no merit of my own, He has chosen to reveal His ultimate wisdom and direction in my life in such a way that I had no confusion in what my next step of action is. Tears of joy and gratitude would overflow as I rejoiced in the fact that He took time to reveal himself to me.
Presently however, I'm in one of those limbo stages. I don't know what God is doing and yet, I know it is for my good. Last week, He taught me that His promises are irrevocable. In the back of my mind I knew that, but it really never hit home until this past week. The promises, gifts and most importantly the salvation that He gave me are mine. Period. He said He would do it and that's it. I don't have to believe it or somehow do something to make sure it happens. It's His. He will direct it. He will make it happen and He is the one who decided to give it. I can't give it back, because it wasn't mine in the first place. Have you ever thought about how awesome that is. Now I will say that there are some promises that He has made that have had "If I will ..... Then He will ...." and so there is a level of obedience that must come.
There have been other times, when He has made promises that are just there. It's a truth and I have nothing to do. One such instance is the promise that He has said. "I will never leave you nor forsake you". Settled. Nothing more to discuss. He promised it and it is done.
Now I've rattled on about a few things, but I want to bring the focus back to "What's in it for God?" I know I'm not the only one who experiences heartache, financial struggles and questions as to what in the world is happening to me. I've been obedient to do what He has asked me and still I face difficult times. A few weeks ago, He led me to Jeremiah 31 and quickened my spirit several times while reading this chapter. He reassured me that my struggles weren't permanent, but that He would restore my wealth, my joy and that there is a hope for my future. With that, you would think that the future seems pretty bright and that I should start packing my bags to move up in the world, but that hasn't been the case. Wealth doesn't mean riches; joy isn't always happiness and a hope for my future, well that's the greatest part and the rock to which I can cling.
He has also allowed things to get worse. My difficulties increase, but that only forces me to trust Him more because I don't have any other way of overcoming it. When God made a promise to Abraham that he would give him the child of promise, it didn't happen the next day, week, month or even for years. It was MANY years before Isaac was born. Abraham was 99 years old! So why should I expect that just because God revealed something to me that it's going to happen overnight.
Thus for now with all this said, I must begin to ask the Lord to allow whatever is going to happen to happen for His glory and His glory alone. Should I face the tempest sea in a boat that has more holes than I have fingers and toes and should it be surrounded by sharks, will I not trust that even through a situation as such that He can use it for His honor and His glory? Thus when I am tempted to say God, I don't think I can take anymore, let me change my statement to God it's not about me, it's about you and please allow this so that others can see what's in it for you.
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