It seems that most Christians in American believe that a person should not bother God with small problems. They reason that having a problem makes us strong; so, very likely, it is God’s will for us to put up with them. Also, if we endure problems patiently, it makes God look good.
It does make God look good when His followers show the peacefulness of faith when everyone else is anxious … when they do not take offense at insults … when they persist in living by the Bible even if it costs them their current jobs. It takes the grace of God to behave well under pressure.
But there are some things, which – if we put up with them patiently – do not make God look good.
Let’s consider this idea of using problems to develop character. Wise human parents help their children become mature and responsible by insisting that they finish their homework, do certain chores around the house, and save their own money for a special toy.
Bu what would you think of parents who decided not to take their asthmatic child to a doctor because struggling with this infirmity would be the best way for their child to become strong? If the child endures that affliction with a good attitude, he will look mighty good. Nothing about this scenario makes his parents look good.
When Jesus was on earth, He healed every sick person who came to him. (If it is sometimes God’s will for us to stay sick, then Jesus frequently disregarded His Father’s will!)
The Father expects many things of us. As we do them, we grow up to be responsible and persistent. But the Father is not unkind or neglectful. He freely provides basic needs such as health, nutrition, and finances. He makes sure His children are well-equipped for life. He also blesses them with many things to enjoy. (See 1 Timothy 6:17.)
Have you endured a nagging problem for years, thinking God wants you to put up with it? He is a good Father. Go to Him. Ask Him for what you need.
Jesus said, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:24 NIV).
He also said, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified” (John 14:13 NIV).
He wants you to ask, because He wants you to be joyful. 😊
And, guess what? When the Father takes good care of you, it glorifies Him. In plain English: it makes Him look good. 😊