Have you ever heard this verse? It might be lost on most of us…
“For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.”Psalm 50:10 ESV
The first time I read this, I was like, “Great…. and?” This is mainly because I don’t live in a predominately agricultural environment like the people who this song was first written to did. They would have immediately got it. If it was written in our time, it might say, “I own all the banks. I own Apple, Amazon, and Tesla.” He’s saying that everything of value is actually mine.
After understanding this, I cannot tell you how many times I have asked God to sell a few of those cows cause I needed some help! Sometimes He did and sometimes He let me learn by doing something different.
Here’s the question God has been hurting my feelings with lately. Why are only His ‘yes’ answers considered praiseworthy? In other words, I cannot remember many times when I thanked God for not answering my prayers the way I wanted Him too. I mean, He has all the things. Surely, He can give me a cow or two…. maybe even in the color and temperament I was hoping for as well.
However, God has decided to use the term ‘Father’ to describe how we are to see Him. And, like a Good Father, He knows when to say yes and when to not give us something that for which we are not ready.
This leads me to what’s coming up. There is a New Year on the horizon and many of us are undoubtedly praying for new blessings, the release of old problems, and open doors of great opportunity. There’s nothing wrong with this. However, what if we didn’t base our hope on these things. What if we placed our hope in something that doesn’t move, God’s wisdom? What if we prayed for God to do great things and then let Him decide what that looked like? This is not easy. However, when we realize that every event in our lives is an adventure when we live our lives full in the fullness of God’s already accepted love, we can be sure that He always works things out for His eventual Good in our lives.