Aug 15 2015

Telling God HURRY UP!

Telling God Hurry Up Is Sin

People telling God hurry upLet me paraphrase that

  • Woe to those who work hard at sinning (rebelling against God).
  • They do this by telling (or you could even say commanding) God to:
    • Hurry  up and fulfill the promises You made to our fathers!
      • We want to see if they are real.
    • Hurry up make Your purposes happen!
      • So we know what Your purposes really are. (Implying that they think He really does not have any.)

Isaiah 5 has a list of woes on those who cause problems in Israel. The third one is in Isaiah 5:18-19.The woe is on those who go around telling God hurry up.

They do this by making arrogant demands. These imperatives (the jussive form in Oriental languages) show that the person making the demand thinks that he is superior to God. Satan fell when he decided he would make himself like or superior to the Most High. (Isaiah 14:14)

When Satan temped Jesus in the wilderness one of the temptations was to “put God to the test”. That is see if God really will fulfill His promise that God would protect Jesus. Matthew 4:5-7

We also have a direct commandment not to put God to some test. See Deuteronomy 6:16 You can read about that incident Exodus 17:1-7.

How am I telling God hurry up?

There is an old saying that illustrates how we sometimes do that today. It goes “Lord I need patience, but hurry up!” We must be careful not to use prayer as a way to issues directives to God. Pray is not to cause our will on earth to be done in heaven but to bring us into to submission to living out heaven’s will while we are living on this earth. See Matthew 6:10

Recently I have found that too many of my prayers and the prayers that I hear are veiled attempts to get my will done in heaven. Yes we share our concerns with our Heavenly Father, but we do not command Him. It is fine to share our requests with our Father. The problem is when those request become demands. Let’s be careful to thank our Father for all the good things He does for us each day. When we do that then we will be less tempted to issue our demands that we think heaven should obey.

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2 comments

    • Frank on August 16, 2015 at 3:15 PM
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    Yes we are to pray and pray without ceasing. Pray is making honest requests (Philippians 4:6) even tearful requests.
    Note what happens to Jacob as a result of the wrestling match. Genesis 32:24-32. The Hebrew words may suggest that Jacob had sciatic pain the rest of his life. So who really won the match? Also note the new dietary restriction. What a waste of good meat. Would Jacob been better off just submitting to God? Also notice the evaluation of Jacob in Hosea 12:2-6. Check the directive in the last line of that passage.

  1. Thanks Frank for your testimony.

    Yes, let’s be thankful ( I Thes. 5:18) but let’s also wrestle with God and express our heart’s desire. Jacob was named for his endurance in wrestling the Lord God. The name has spread to the nation of Israel. Jesus encouraged us to pray and pray often with His parable of the unrighteous judge. Lastly Maranatha…..come quickly Lord Jesus!

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