When I was a kid I spent a lot of time at my Maw Maw’s house. She babysat kids for a living. I’ll never forget, one day she was making lunch, I believe she was making ham sandwiches.
As she was making them, I decided I wanted peanut butter and jelly. Well, that made all the little kids want what I had asked for, and all of them started in at the same time. “I want peanut butter! I want peanut butter! Can I have peanut butter! Can I? I want peanut butter too!” I know it had to be getting on her last nerve, because it was on mine.
You know how annoying it is when a bunch of kids are begging for something at the same time. I would have probably yelled at them to hush, but not Maw Maw. She was calm as calm could be. She said “ok, open your mouth and I’ll give you a bite!” But it wasn’t just a bite. She scooped out a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter, poked it in, scraped it off in their top teeth, and one by one filled their little chattering mouths FULL of peanut butter! All you heard for the next fifteen minutes was smacking. Well, that and me and Maw Maw chuckling.
Do you wonder if God ever wants to shove our mouths full of peanut butter to shut us up? Do you wonder if, when the only communication we have with Him is when we’re asking for things, if He ever thinks to Himself, “when are they ever going to want to spend quality time with me?”
He doesn’t mind us asking Him for things, but if that’s the only time we ever talk to Him, that’s not much of a relationship. If I had a friend who only spoke to me when they needed me to do something, I would feel used. God is not someone who can be used!
He’s not a genie in a bottle who grants wishes, and unlike earthly parents sometimes do, you’re not going to wear Him down until He gives you anything you want. He gives you what you need, at just the right time, and just enough to satisfy. He always knows what’s best, and unlike us, He doesn’t have a ‘last nerve’ to get on.
But, Lord, you are a God who shows mercy and is kind. You don’t become angry quickly. You have great love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15