Have you ever been embarrassed by your child receiving a birthday gift and replying with, “That’s not what I asked for!” Can you imagine?? How bad would you feel for the person who gave the gift? What if it was you?
As a parent, I usually try to give my kids more than what they ask for or better than what they ask. However, they may not always recognize it for what it is.
The Israelites, for example, asked for a King and they received one, King Saul. However, I guess they were expecting him to be from the greatest tribe of all of them and because he wasn’t, they complained “How can this man save us?” and refused to bring him gifts.
When the people wanted our Messiah to come and He came born to a virgin, son of a carpenter, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger…it wasn’t what they were expecting and they rejected Him.
What might you have asked God for and He gave it to you….but it wasn’t in the package you were expecting? Did you receive it or have you rejected it?
Maybe you asked God for a promotion and instead you lost that job and had to start at the bottom somewhere else? Maybe in less time there you would be in a higher, more influential position than you ever could have been before. Did you receive it or reject it?
Maybe you asked God for a tall, dark, and handsome man to sweep you off your feet and instead He sent you a short, chubby, pale man of God who would treat you with respect and admiration, and would love you unconditionally. Did you reject him or receive him?
Or maybe you asked for God to make you a mommy and you were totally expecting to become pregnant and instead, He sent you a child who needed you as their mommy. Did you receive that child? Or reject them?
God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we expect Him to …but He always answers our prayers….we just have to decide if we will reject it or receive it.
“But there were some scoundrels who complained, “How can this man save us?” And they scorned him and refused to bring him gifts” – 1 Samuel 10:27
“Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.” – Mark 6:3