Pray for wisdom, obedient heart

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A while back I caught myself praying for a miracle that I am almost certain God had to chuckle when He heard me pray it. I had stopped off at a local fast food place and gotten me two double cheeseburgers, a large order of fries and two apple pies (hey, they were only a dollar.) After I pulled out of the drive thru and was about to eat, I lowered my head (with an eye still on the road) and then I prayed, “Lord thank you for this food and bless it to the nourishment of my body.” Now there was not one thing even close to being nourishing about that meal. Yet I was praying for God to take my bad choice and make it into something it was not.   

Now it is true that God is at work in all things to bring about some good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose, but to make a double cheeseburger into a healthy nutritional meal is something I don’t think He had in mind. I’m sure what God would tell me is that He has made a nutritional meal and I just needed to make a better choice. Yet I wanted to eat what I wanted and have a different outcome than what I knew my choice would result in.

I say this because so many times we refuse to listen to what God has told us to do and reap the benefit from that and instead we want to do what we want to do and still get God’s blessing from it. Most of the time, if we would just heed what God’s word says then we could save ourselves so much trouble and heartache.  

Now we can never forget that God’s grace is available to help us out of the bad choices we make, but then we need to learn from our mistakes and begin to do what God says for us to do. Sometimes we pray for a miracle when we should be praying for wisdom and an obedient heart which would lead to the blessing we so desire.

(Barry Robinson is the pastor of Williamstown United Methodist Church. He can be reached at brobinson@williamstownumc.com or call 859-823-5171.)