Get What You Came For
Thursday, April 24, 2003
It was a beautiful day outside and a great weekend to be shopping. As I entered the department store I noticed a parade of customers busily circling though aisles, making purchases, talking, pricing items and getting their purchases at the checkout.
I was somewhat frustrated by my desire to shop, limited budget, and pending necessities, I had actually came for. As I walked through the store, aisle by aisle, I began to notice many sale items that got my attention and before long I was so busy looking around for things I didnít need or was not for this time that I almost forgot to look for what I had originally came to the store in the first place to get.
Eventually, at the expense of wasting valued hours of productive time on a beautiful sunny day with much to be done, I came to my senses and revealed why I was here, made the purchase and left with what I needed.
This shopping experience reminded me of five characters/people in the Bible who came, saw, and got just what they wanted from the Lord, settling for nothing short of their expected outcome.
Martha asked that Jesus would raise her son from the dead. Jesus granted her request. The woman with the issue of blood, got the healing that she came to Jesus for desperate, and without a cure. The Centurion soldier was relieved to have Jesus speak a word and heal his son without being present to do it.
Daniel approached God with a prayer request accompanied by twenty-one days of fasting and received an answer from the Lord, as well as angel who was sent with a message for him.
Elijah Prayed earnestly that it might not rain, so God shut up the water from falling from heaven for a period of three years, and six months. After he prayed again, God let the rain pour down.
When I was a little boy, Iíd often go to the store accompanied by my Grandmother who would give me money to spend on things I wanted. I remember, after wandering around for a while, she would often tell me, "Get what you came for!"
Sometimes, a Sunday morning service at church can be discouraging when you go just because it is Sunday , leave the way you came, get home and realize that after the joyful shouts and songs of worship and jubilant atmosphere, you completely forgot what the sermon was all about or just have no sense of gratification.
If we are to approach the heavelies in prayer or church or by drawing near to God in a Holy fast, shut in, consecration, or whatever means necessary.
We need to come with an expectant attitude and one of reverence and gratitude toward God, because God said that he who comes to him must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.
Tired of those mundane, repetitive, uninspirational Sunday chance encounters at church ? Why not try to adjust your internal faith-ometer and get what you came for. But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory. . . . . .
When you kneel in prayer, get what you came for, when you are knocking on heavens door and see all around you a variety of blessings and an assortment of Godís rich benefits, donít get so distracted by everything you see others with. Get what you came for from the Lord. Get what you came for. . . . 76
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