Think with me for a minute about the commercials, the commercials. We are bombarded with it. They appear on your phone. You have to support them if you choose “free” streaming of your music or movies. They’re on the radio, on billboards, in magazines, everywhere. What is the objective of the advertisers? Of course, it’s about selling a product. But often their first goal is to instill dissatisfaction in you. Somehow, the ad asks the question, “Are you not getting what you want out of life?” We have the solution. Advertisers seek to arouse dissatisfaction in us and offer a solution for our satisfaction.
The problem with this attraction? This creates a revolving door of dissatisfaction. It causes us to believe and behave as if fulfilling our personal desires is the goal of life. A desire and an effort to get what you want out of life – from your government, from your family, from your job, from your church involves two things. 1) What you want is good for you. 2) If you get what you want, you will be satisfied and you will be done wanting.
Two questions help us see the danger of these assumptions. 1) How do you know what is right for you? 2) Has the emphasis on “getting what you want” ever led to real satisfaction in life?
Some people abandon God because prayers seemingly go unanswered. What was wanted, what we prayed for, did not materialize. Have you asked God to relieve an affliction or to make a dream come true? Can you be 100% sure that the relief or the dream was in your best interest?
Be 100% certain of this: God’s “No” comes because God loves you. He really knows what’s best for you. We must ask God to help us know and do his will. If we don’t ask God to show us what is best, then our prayers for help are just a desire for God to help us get what we want, to come forward for us, just like advertisers. I think about it like that. My own children often didn’t know what was best for them. My ‘no’ was because I loved them and from my perspective, I knew what was best for them.
People dream of being a child again ……. “I wouldn’t have to make so many decisions. It really is a curse, always having to decide what is and is not in our own best interests. The good news is; Jesus freed us from all curses when he became cursed for us on the cross. And becoming a child again is possible. “To all who welcomed him (Jesus), who believe on his name, he gave them power to become children of God” (John 1:12). And God’s children are then blessed to let God decide what is best for them – blessed with less hassle, less stress, more childish freedom.
Exit the revolving door of dissatisfaction and enter the fixed Word of our Father. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Recognize him in all your ways and he will make your paths straight ”(Proverbs 3: 5-6). Only then will you find out, Father knows best.