A man was trapped in his house during a flood. He began praying to God to rescue him. He had a vision in his head of God’s hand reaching down from heaven and lifting him to safety. The water started to rise in his house. His neighbor urged him to leave and offered him a ride to safety. The man yelled back, “I am waiting for God to save me.” The neighbor drove off in his pick-up truck.
The man continued to pray and hold on to his vision. As the water began rising in his house, he had to climb up to the roof. A boat came by with some people heading for safe ground. They yelled at the man to grab a rope they were ready to throw and take him to safety. He told them that he was waiting for God to save him. They shook their heads and moved on.
The man continued to pray, believing with all his heart that God would save him. The floodwaters continued to rise. A helicopter flew by and a voice came over a loudspeaker offering to lower a ladder and take him off the roof. The man waved the helicopter away, shouting back that he was waiting for God to save him. The helicopter left. The flooding water came over the roof, caught him up, and swept him away. He drowned.
When he reached heaven and asked, “God, why did you not save me? I believed in you with all my heart. Why did you let me drown?” God replied, “I sent you a pick-up truck, a boat, a helicopter and you refused all of them. What else could I possibly do for you?”
This is a scenario, which repeats itself daily in the lives of many people. Those who are crying out for a solution to their financial troubles, struggling marriage, emotional trauma, yo-yo dieting, etc. The answer appears but since it is not wrapped in the gift box you want, you push it aside. “That cannot be it,” you say. “It has to be more complicated or cost more, or require more time, or less time, etc.” Frustrated, you wonder why things in your life are not changing.
I can give you the answer. It is simple. You are P.O.O.R. You Pass Opportunities Over Repeatedly and expect to get different results. That is insanity. Doing the same thing but expecting different results.
I cannot even count the times I prayed for something only to miss it. I was thrown because its appearance did not match my expectations.
Holy Spirit is not going to come down, sit in your flooded living room, and tell you to take the pick-up truck or helicopter when he already made the provision for you.
Yes, I pray and I added action to my prayers for we know that faith without works is dead.
The next time someone complains, about a situation that is not changing, ask him or her if the answer already appeared.