Hebrews 11:6 “Without faith, it is impossible to please Go, for those who come to Him must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
James 4:3 “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
Bitterness has its roots in unbelief – lack of faith in God to fulfill His word, or impatience to wait until He does because we don’t really think He will anyway.
Not knowing what lies ahead throws us off kilter…if we only knew when and how things would work out, then we could wait – no matter how long. But not knowing? Our hands go up in despair, frustration and resentment. Where is God? Is He really there? Will He actually come through?
Do we ask to hear God’s voice just so we can know the future and not have to worry about the unknown? Or do we seek to know Him more intimately, reveling in His presence regardless of what is going on all around?
There is a difference between spending on our pleasures and pleasing God. True faith requires waiting and trusting in the dark, seeking God in spite of confusing and unclear circumstances, because of who He is and because we love Him. We trust that He will perfect all that concerns us and turn all things around for our good even as we grow into the fulfillment of who He created us to be.
Keep your gaze focused on Him – He is all we will ever need…everything else just pales in comparison.