Saturday, April 25, 2015

What to Do When Someone Else Gets What You Prayed For

They say that you can’t lose something you never had.

I once lived under the illusion that something I really cared about was mine, forever and ever. Even after accepting it as delusional, I continued to believe the lie that I would actually be someone if only I could have the said thing. 

Listen, I was doing my faith no favors. Satan was having a dream come true. When the enemy is able to deceive you into finding your worth in anything other than Jesus Christ, he is satisfied.
John 1:12 says, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” There is no discrimination…no matter what your ethnicity, socioeconomic status, educational level, or especially relationship status, when you have a personal trust in Jesus by welcoming and submitting to Him, you are a child of God. He gave us that right, and I just love that.

Looking back, I didn’t realize how much I had to learn. I didn’t understand that when you humanly have nothing left to give, then there’s also nothing left to get…therefore, nothing to lose and dullness ensues. It’s a lose-lose situation. I was depleted…spiritually, emotionally, and physically. And that’s where it all went wrong. I was so caught up in something so off beam that God knew it had to fall apart in order for me to get back on track. The Bible says that the Lord gives and takes away. Blessed be His name.

This thing I wanted so badly was never rooted in the Lord, but inadvertently pointed me toward Him. It drove me to my knees in prayer. And even though sometimes it made me question the Lord, I sought Him like never before. It drove me straight to Him. So as far as I’m concerned, it served its purpose and well. Sometimes God works like that, and it sure is sweet.

“One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.” Proverbs 27:7

I wish I could sit across from every person who is where I once was, and over coffee, tell him or her it’s not worth it. No thing or person is worth losing your identity in Jesus Christ. I tell you this because I wish someone would have told me before I learned the hard and painful way. Nobody else but Jesus can or will complete you. The heartbreak, the guilt, the insecurity…it’s like taking the walk of shame all day, every day. But with Jesus, things are always different. He came to free you. He came to clean you. Sweet friend, He came to call you His.
See for yourself in Ephesians 1:11-12: “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” 

The significance of this cannot be lost on us. Give me holy or give me death. To live is Christ and to die is gain. This life on earth is too short to be caught up in anything less than paramount. It’s never worth it to settle. It’s never worth it to give in. And it’s surely never worth it to compromise yourself or your beliefs. 

“For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” Luke 9:25

This thing I wanted now belongs to someone else. This thing I dreamed about and prayed about and waited for…someone else got the answer to my prayer.

But I continue to learn about God’s best. I now know that I didn’t lose anything. What I thought I had and what I continued to want turned out to be desensitizing and disparaging, at best. It was built on imprudence and flippancy. It was reckless, wild, and even fun, but it was nothing less than depravity. And listen, I blame nobody but myself for that. I was naive. I was also weak. I needed Jesus more than anything else.
Instead of losing something, I gained far more. I gained an eternal perspective on earthly life, recognition of righteous love and worth, a new-found God-given strength, and growth of a truly Christ-founded identity. Far more than I could ever ask for. Let's take a closed door over a wrong door. Neal A. Maxwell once said, “If, in the end, you have not chosen Jesus Christ, it will not matter what you have chosen.”

Had I gotten what I prayed for, I would have settled for less than God’s best. Never forget your calling as His chosen. That’s my message: Know your worth. Reaffirm continually who you are in Christ. If you are His, then you ain’t cheap. You are priceless and you are so loved. He is our final Hope. Emphasizing an earlier point, Galatians 3:26 tells us, “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” Because of this, as believers we are all heirs to every single one of God’s promises.

So the next time God gives the answer to your prayers to someone else? What do you do when someone else gets what you prayed for? Thank Him. Trust Him. Praise Him. Believe him. Strengthen your faith muscles, and choose Him. You will not be disappointed.

Child of God, the best is yet to come… 

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18

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