Is There a Kink in Your Hose?
Adapted from a teaching by Barry Bennett (Part 1)
God, don’t you care about what I’m going through? That I’m sick? That I can’t pay my bills?
When we hear about God’s promises and blessings and they don’t match what we’re experiencing in our own lives, we have a tendency to get offended at God.
That’s what happened in Mark 4 with the disciples. When the storm came, and Jesus was asleep in the boat, they asked Him, “Don’t you care that we are perishing?”
Jesus rebuked the storm, and then he rebuked the disciples. “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” He said you are challenging the nature of God based on your unbelief. “You’re putting this in my lap when you’re equipped to handle this situation.”
When you accuse God of not caring, what you’re saying is “I don’t have any belief. I have no faith. Therefore, I’m going to deflect the guilt of this situation back onto God.” That is a sign of unbelief.
James 3:16 says, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” When strife or offense grows in your heart, it’s like a kink in the garden hose. Grace quits flowing.
Many people get offended at teachings that reveal the true nature of God, when it’s not their experience. They make their experience a god, and Jesus is no longer Lord of their lives. They make a “golden calf” of their experience, and therefore, God is not who He says He is.
When we are offended somewhere in our hearts, we are not trusting the true nature of God, and we allow the circumstance to offend us.
Jesus put it back on the disciples when He said, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” Or in other words, “This is your problem!” That statement right there will cause some to take offense!
If pain doesn’t go away 20 minutes after you prayed, “Well, where is God? What happened?” How is it you have no faith?
“Well, I had faith. I just prayed.” Then why are you upset? Hmmm.
In Acts 16, when Paul and Silas found themselves beaten, their feet in stocks, and in jail, they so easily could’ve said, “God, don’t you care?” But instead, they sang praises and they worshipped God—not with the motivation of ‘maybe this will work.’ They simply refused to be offended. Their praise caused an earthquake that loosed them and those around them from their circumstances.
Psalms 67:5-6 says, “…Let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.”
In other words, strife or the ‘don’t you care’ attitude does not release God’s blessings and favor into our circumstances. Offense is choking the flow of grace in our lives.
If we just praise Him without any kind of manipulative motivation, the grace will flow.
In next week’s blog, I’ll give you three things to consider to determine if you’re in faith or unbelief.