Do you get on God’s nerves?
“Hey sis, I am so sorry I couldn’t get the information to you. I have been busy working on my residency application,” explained my friend. I was excited to hear this news. A stalwart member of the community and diligent worker for God’s work and mission, it was great seeing my brother in Christ take this next step for residency in the country.
“But I am really nervous right now. Everything is in, but I am not sure that I will receive it,” he said. “Hmmm,” I responded. “Now we don’t want you to be burdened by worry. So, have you prayed about it? Do you get on God’s nerves?”
“What?” he asked flabbergasted.
The Woman who didn’t quit
“Do you get on God’s nerves?” I repeated. I went on to explain about the story in Luke 18:1-8. Let’s read it here:
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”Luke 18:1-8
What God desires
The judge said she wouldn’t stop. She didn’t care who before her didn’t get the answer they wanted. Nor was she worried about the odds against her. She persisted. In the same way, God is permitting us to be persistent. To pray and come to Him morning, noon and night. To pray when we are commuting, in the store, walking, taking a shower, driving, cooking or watering our flowers. No matter what we are doing, where we are, or who we are with, he is calling us to pray persistently. Don’t let go. Get on God’s nerves. Keep on praying.
Many of us feel guilty about this. We don’t want to bother God. We say, “the Lord must be tired of hearing me non-stop about this one topic”. That is the devil lying to us. God wants you to come to him persistently as He told the disciples in the parable.
Reflection: Do you get on God’s nerves?
Food for thought: God loves His reputation, and He will ensure that nothing messes that up. So every single promise in the Bible, God will ensure that He sticks to those promises. Get on God’s nerves.
Prayer: Holy Father, great is Your name. As humans, You made us above all others, but many times we struggle in our weaknesses. Forgive us for our doubts and lack of faith. Forgive us when we strive to take things into our own hands and try to control the situation. Have mercy. Thank You for Your great promises, and providing our needs according to Your will. Hear the silent prayers of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ as they present their needs at Your feet. Grace them, Lord, with Your favour. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen