When I was in High School, I worked several jobs. One of my favorite jobs was also one of my least favorite jobs. I was a server at a restaurant that is no longer standing in Fort Smith. Though the fact that it's closed had nothing to do with me. One of the questions that people in the foodservice industry ask most frequently is, "how can I help you." This question is a helpful one as it demonstrates a concern to provide for the needs of others.
When it comes to God, it seems like there are two equally dangerous ways to treat him.
1. We treat him like a Genie in a bottle.
I can't help but think of the movie Alladin. I can hear the voice of the late Robin Williams saying: "Poof, what do you need."
I have been guilty of approaching God with a wish list of wants and desires throughout both my ministry and my life. I've seen numerous people become very disenfranchised with Christianity because they didn't feel that God answered their prayer appropriately, i.e., in the way they wanted. Nothing is wrong with trying to understand why God has worked in a particular way. However, you must understand that you may not understand. After all, His ways are not our own.
 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (ESV)
2. We treat him like we are an inconvenience to Him.
I've heard a few people say, "I know God is busy with other problems; mine isn't that big of a deal. I'll take care of this myself."
You may not have said it, but chances are you have acted like it. When our lives reflect this attitude, it is just as dangerous as treating Him like a Genie. God is honored as we acknowledge our need for Him. He is pleased as we cast our cares on him. He is exalted in enabling you with wisdom and power. Again, it all comes back to a loving relationship with Him, finding in Him your peace, ability, and strength.
You are not an inconvenience to God, and to suggest that you are would also be to indicate that he is incapable of caring for you and everyone else.
God wants a relationship with you. He wants you to pour out your heart to Him. Today, run to the Lord Jesus because you need Him. Build a relationship with the God of the universe by spending time with Him. Ask God for anything and trust that his answer is best. Praise him for his care and compassion.
Lord, I love you, I trust you, I feel like I need ____________. I know that because you are good, you will meet my need according to your perfect ways, and I entrust myself to your care. Thank you for your goodness in my life. Through Jesus I pray- AMEN.
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