“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant. You were trustworthy over a little, I shall set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'"
Matthew 25:23 (The Scriptures Bible 1998)
Most of us have heard of the above scripture and about the servants who were faithful with the talents given to them and those who were not. I ponder on the fact that many a time we are given things and what we do with them, whilst in our hands, is so important.
Something I have observed, and I believe Master Yeshua / Jesus has brought to my attention, is when my 3 ½ year old would cry for something, something he would want to play with and I would give it to him in the hopes that he would explore and learn something. I would give it to him wanting to see what he would want to do with it. Or when someone gives him a gift but the box says 5yrs and older, yet it is given to him to enjoy. Unfortunately, days go by and the toy or item is broken into pieces or pieces are missing and scattered all over the house or even completely damaged. At the time the gift was given to my son, he was actually not mature enough to receive the gift.
He also received a book with the title ‘First 100 words’ and this book had multiple flaps, lots of colours, pictures and words but unfortunately at the age he received the book he damaged most of it. Half of the flaps are either ripped in half or missing and some of the pages have loosened from the spine of the book. Only now, a year or two down the line, he collects this half-torn book, sits quietly and excitably on the bed with Mommy and reads. I realized that he is now mature enough to enjoy and make use of the gift given to him.
So, it hit me, why does Abba Father sometimes deny us good things when we want them with all our heart? We believe it will be good for us and we believe we are ready but I know that Abba Father is the best Judge.
“If you then, being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in the heavens give what is good to those who ask Him!"
Matthew 7:11 (The Scriptures Bible 1998)
When I look back on my life and I ponder on all those moments when I wept before Abba Father, begging Him to bless me with something I so desperately wanted but He didn’t answer me or give it to me but only later gave me something better. I laugh at those moments where Abba Father had shut doors but I would push against the door hoping it would open. No matter how much He said no I would push harder and beg some more. Abba Father either didn’t open a specific door I pleaded Him to open because He later opened up a better door or He opened that door only a few years later knowing I was ready to walk through it. If I look back at the many doors He didn’t open or give me the many things I asked for, I am so happy He didn’t because He gave me better or knew what was best for me.
Only now, after many years of waiting, is Abba Father opening up doors I wept over and longed to open because He knows that I am now ready and mature enough and that it won’t hurt Him, myself or people.
I’ve learnt, that even though I sometimes desperately want something, I will trust in Him and His good judgement. I would rather have Him deny me than give me something that would hurt Him, me or people.
I believe Abba Father that You are good, that you love your children and you do what is best for us.
May we trust You when You say no, and when You say yes may we be found as faithful servants.
May this song from Casting Crowns – Good, good Father – bless you:
Guest Blogger - Janine Bouwer
As far as I can remember I have always loved to draw, paint and get creative. I’m convinced I was born with a paintbrush in my hand. Art was dormant in my life for a season and a reason but I am so excited that I have been led to be creative again. I look forward to my future being covered in buckets of color and lots of paint. My heart is to bring Heaven down to canvas.
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