I have a fourteen and a half year old Shih Tzu. Without a doubt, the older she gets the more willful she gets. Same can be said for mankind.
First thing this morning, she acted as if she has not eaten in days, jumping about in the kitchen, hoping for more than a morsel of what she was smelling.... bacon and eggs.
Being that she is half blind, when she gets as excited as she was this morning, she will snap at the empty air if she detects any motion whatsoever in front of her, desperately assuming that whatever she vaguely sees moving must be the delivery service, aka "mom".... and thus the coming goodies forthwith!
The way she was acting you would have thought she would have gobbled up absolutely anything offered. However, as I dropped the first morsel in her mouth, she spat it out! Oh, yes she did!
"Seriously?!" I thought.
Still, as she obviously remained excited and hopeful, I tried again.
And for the second time, she foolishly spat it out.
In God's company, I mused, "Are we not exactly like her, Lord? So very hungry, yet so often we spit out what You offer?"
I am sure God has grieved over us too as foolish when we spit out (with ungratefulness in our heart and blinded by selfish will) not once, not twice, but numerous times provision He has graciously provided - be it in the form of a relationship, food, clothing, transportation, lodging, but greater still... His Son, His Word, and His Holy Spirit.
Are we not all guilty of spitting out what He has brought into our lives; often times simply because we're not "feeling" it at the time? We allow emotions to take over that lead to thoughts: "That's not what I was expecting." "That's not what I wanted."
And you know what happens in our willful folly? We continue to grow ever increasingly more hungry, while also growing weaker with each refusal of what He offers...which begins with His Son... God's first and foremost Offering.... literally. Lord, forgive us!
Please get this! As a Holy God, He can offer us nothing but His best....which is exactly what we NEED, but is rarely.... if EVER...what our carnality wants.
If you truly want the reality of God, His holiness,
and His eternity for your life,
and learn to swallow!