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There, I said it (twelve in a series)

Said it until I'm blue, but I absolutely hate when people put God on the hook for promises He's never made.

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Example!
The one that (regrettably) comes into my view most often is when single people have trouble trusting God's promises because they want to be married and aren't. This is clearly the result of a culture of privilege—it's not wrestling with God because of a lack of food, clothing, shelter, protection, etc. God somehow becomes responsible for our wish lists, too.

I'm not peeved at the desire and don't want to minimize its depth (when that's appropriate). It's fine to feel our feelings and to bring those to God. And of course, He's God—He is responsible by virtue of His sovereignty, and He wants to be asked. But that desire isn't a promise, and if it's being treated as such, that's garbage. Likewise, if His actual promises are being mistrusted because of His "failure" to grant a wish (on our schedule), that's a sure sign that the wish is an idol—it's overshadowing and calling into question the Word of the living God. This, too, is garbage.

Christians are free to struggle, struggle, struggle. That's good. Let's just not hold God accountable to and for our desires rather than His promises.
I've so loved it when you post things like this one.
Sometimes I regret it afterward, but eventually I just reach a point where I have to let it out.
i love this series!
Since there's no shortage of things for me to get fed up with, expect regular installments!
yay!
You are the desire of my heart.

:love eyes
*a-frame*
A:frame back with a witness to ensure purity.
icon = awesome
I don't use it often enough.
I have to think that some of this is due to a very crucial misunderstanding of what the Bible means when it says that God will "give us the desires of our hearts".
I agree. That kind of misunderstanding runs into lots of logical snags, not the least of which is Jesus' prayer at Gethsemane. When "our hearts" are considered the independent variable of that promise rather than God, misunderstanding ensues.
This morning I was looking for some kind of devotional reading and mistakenly found myself reading "christiananswers.net" (I put it in quote because there's just no need to go there.)

Anyway... on depression they had some things to say which I found extremely unhelpful. First of all, they had had verses to look up about depressed people (some of them I was like WHAT are you TALKING about?) and one of them was Job.
Then they go on to talk only about the possibility that your depression comes from sin guilt.

I mean. I don't have all the answers... but yeah.

Um. Yeah.
Soooo.... basically they bought into what Job's friends were saying without noticing that God totally rebuked Job's friends??
I was gonna say the same thing!!
Seriously. Talk about missing the point!
Wow.

Granted, there's never a bad time to consider sin's possible place in how we feel, because all our sin is paid for and we have every right in Christ to confess and walk in freedom from it. But sin should probably be considered at least as often in relation to our happiness as in relation to depression. Yet we'd be hard pressed to suggest to someone that they're happy because of sin. We pretty much only beat up on depressed people that way, which is crappy.

And Job? Hel-LO!
Do you have an example?
Yup…scroll up to the first comment.
Claro!

(Anonymous)

Like you never do it. :)
-stephy
I don't know how much I do, honestly. I'm pretty sparing about what I believe God's promised.

(Anonymous)

I don't know how much I do it either. I think it's safe to assume that I do it way more than I think I do.
Remember in Passion and Purity (not that I think that book's overall message harmonizes with scripture) a girl said something lilke "God wants me to have a cute husband because he loves me." ha ha! Elisabeth was like "and he wants to give the unsavory husband to the woman he loves less than he loves you?"
stephy