On Tuesday of this week we had a fairly young man stop by the church building looking for some help. His story was that he’d been living in his car for several days and was needing a place to stay.
Through our discussion, we learned that he had a job but was “between paychecks.” Well, to make a long story short, we went through the process and decided that we would put him up for one night in a hotel.
Well this guy responded with, “I was really hoping to find someone to pay for a room until the 29th. One night won’t do me any good because I’ll just be back in my car the next night.” Then, he left (FYI this took place on the 19th).
Most people who come by looking for help would (should) be grateful for anything we might be able to do for them...even if it is “just one night” in a room where they could take a shower, sleep in a bed etc...but not this guy. He wanted more; further, he expected someone to just give him more and if they didn’t, rather than being grateful for what they did offer, he was going to look elsewhere.
In thinking about this, I could not help but think about how we are sometimes guilty of treating God very much like this man treated our congregation. God offers to supply what we need for “life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3) and to take care of our needs (see Matthew 6:25-34). And that should satisfy us.
But we respond with, “God, uh...thanks, but I was really hoping for just a bit more. I would really like to live in a nice house, drive a nice car, have a nice job so I can have a lot of nice toys and status symbols to impress other people. And, God, if you are not willing to give me these other things, then I think I will just walk away.”
Take a deep breath. Now, praise God! Because the oxygen you just processed was a gift from God. Don’t walk away from His precious gifts. Accept them with gratitude in your heart and go about sharing these amazing gifts with others.