I remember playing a game of “Warm and Cold with my sister when I was a child.  She would hide something and I would try to find it by moving around the room and asking her if I was getting warmer or colder.  When she told me I was getting “hot,” I knew that I was about to find the hidden treasure.  Do you ever use this method to discern God’s will?  Recently, there have been two situations in my life that I’ve tried to determine if I’m getting closer/warmer to what God wants for me or not.  So the game was on!

You might ask, how do you play the game? First of all, you do all that you know to do to earn God’s favor.  Maybe you commit to daily “eye squinting” prayers about the matter—warm. You might also commit to diligently study your Bible for answers—warmer.  You begin to attend your church every time the doors are open—really warm.  You hold open the door for others who are coming into your church—super warm.  You help random little old ladies across the street—getting steamy.  You help little old ladies into the open doors of your church— boiling hot! Okay, okay, I’m getting a little carried away, but you get the idea.  With this strategy you hope that you have pleased God enough that He will pour down His blessings and give you the answers and clarity you want.

You wait . . . but God is silent.

At that point, it’s time to try another tactic.  You assume that maybe it’s not because of what you’re doing, but rather what you’re not doing that’s keeping you “out in the cold.” So you do all you know to do to calm God’s disfavor.  With this approach, you look to see if you’ve harbored some bad attitudes or are unaware of some besetting sins in your life.  You repent of any that you discover all the while you give up chocolate, television, shopping, Starbucks, R-rated movies, Facebook . . . should I go on?

You wait . . . but God is silent.

It was at this point that I decided to press the exit button – Game Over!

Here are some things I’ve learned:

1.  I’ve realized that games are for children

I’m not saying that God doesn’t want me to do good things or to avoid bad things in my life.  But He wants more of me and you.  (BTW, I was somewhat joking about the whole “bad list”–and the “good list” for that matter–but I do think we need to be sensitive to God’s convictions on anything that takes our focus off of Him.)

2.  God’s saying, “Seek my face, not my answers”

In other words, I’m realizing that God isn’t a game player, He’s a heart changer.

3.  Stop being consumed with finding and doing God’s will and start becoming and being who God wants me to be.

I may never know God’s answers to my questions, but I will know Him. And even though God isn’t a “game player,” I think He considers that the real victory!

“When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.”  1 Corinthians 13:11 (NLT)

“My heart says of You, ‘Seek His face!’ Your face, LORD, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8 (NIV)

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Comments on: "Seeking God’s Will or Playing Games with God?" (2)

  1. more great imagery. the illustrations have been great the past couple of posts.

  2. THIS IS FABULOUS. Wonderful post, my blogging friend. Keep listening to Him and keep posting!!

    hugs,
    Donna

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