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Belief System

Matthew 11:37
And some of them said, "Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?"

There are a lot of truths to be found in the story of Lazarus. The one I'm processing today is how we always want God to be preventative. As humans, we never want to go through anything hard. And we think anything God could prevent, he should - hunger, war, and on a less global but as personalltraumaticic scale, bankruptcymiscarriagege, sickness. This thinking even trickles down to inatimate objects - "why God did you let my car break down?" (which happened late last night to Shawn as we were driving home from a meeting in Long Beach). Why do I think that because God could keep something from happening, that He should? I'm not bashing myself in with some warped "predestination" thinking, neither am I portraying God as disinterested in our trouble and sorrow. I'm just wondering why I live with this entitlement that God should spare me of every inconveinience, no matter how big or small.

There is one word that keeps appearing throughout his story: believe (v. 15, 27, 40, 45). At some point in the process, I've got to wrestle with my belief system. Will I believe in my "rights" and believe in God's grace? Will I believe in His mercy and love, or my own righteousness that causes me to feel that God is indebted to me in some way? I'm wanting to learn that just because He can doesn't mean He should, and often it's for my good - to adjust what I actually believe in.

Lord, help me to believe less in my own entitlement and more in You.

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