Been on my mind the past couple weeks.
You've probably seen it multiple times, in both infant and adult alike. The case of the "It's MINE, GIVE IT NOW!"
In the parable of the prodigal son, the youngest son demands of his father this birthright. As it went, his father didn't withhold it but gave what was asked of him. The son then wasted the inheritance and ended in the depths. The story ends well... and the son is given even more in his humility than in his arrogance.
Many stories: Abraham and Hagar, David and Bathsheba, and Moses.
Each took from God something. A thing which they believe was owed them or they thought God was too slow in his promise (Ishmael's birth) -Genesis 16:1-12
I used to believe the saying, "God helps those who help themselves." What a lie! God HATES self-sufficiency! Self -Sufficiency is a lie from the Adversary! Ever since the time in the garden, he has been trying to separate us from the provisions of the Almighty.
David talked often of the lengths that The Almighty went to to provide for him. In all of his debauchery, adultery, and murderous nature he was still called a man after God's own heart.
You see..."messing up" is a part of us. He wants us to turn back to Him.
The Almighty, Shepherd, and Bridegroom.
The story of Hosea and Gomer is a great example of God wanting his Bride even though she is the "backslider"
(Isn't amazing that we are taught through [living words] LIVES?!?!?!?!)
For those who haven't read the story, it really is revealing of a piece of the Heart of God.
He brings us back to His side to be : RECEIVERS.
It shouldn't matter if we know it may be ours...with a promise. We must hold our hands out to receive.
He knows the exact time to give us what we need. The Ark is a great example. Imagine if God told Noah only months before the flood?