Have you ever felt entitled to something?
After reviewing my last post (see it here)
reading some other authors
and sitting in thoughtful contemplation
I realized there is more to our anger than just fear...
If our anger stems from our own fears & pain
then perhaps our fears come from a lack of trust;
a trust that things will get better,
that we will receive the “good” we deserve,
because we feel entitled to something More,
something Fair- maybe even prosperity & security.
And this is where our lack of trust comes in...
that if there is a God, He should provide for me
and for everyone, something better than we have right now.
Our anger comes from this lack of trust in God, because
We fear God will not provide what we want & need,
and somehow we lack what we should be entitled to.
However if there is nothing better to receive,
then perhaps there is no God
because we still continue to feel entitled to 'More'.
Yet nowhere in life do we find this “guarantee”
to a better life than we have now
except through the God of the bible,
and He is clear that this current life will Never be fair
and we are entitled to nothing.
But we don’t like to hear this.
And the truth is that we must wait
for the best to come in heaven
after this life is done.
Whether we are a teacher, criminal, or professional athlete,
when we look at what we have been given
it is rarely enough, and we often want to scream “Foul!”.
We blame the politicians, the press,
the opposition, the boss, our spouse,
God, society, the government, and our past.
We somehow think we should be happier
more fulfilled, and better rewarded.
People everywhere should like us
and give us what we desire
but we never ask for what we deserve.
We act as if we deserve better,
but down deep we know we deserve less.
So how do we believe in a loving God
when life seems so unfair for most people?
To dig deeper, lets look at the opposite view:
When we see those to whom much has been given
can we expect them to be happy- everyday & forever?
That seems hard to believe.
But if they are ever unhappy again, is life now unfair for them?
This life is temporary, and no situation
either good or bad
will last forever.
And when I think on God’s plan for us all
to live with Him forever in heaven
with no fear, pain, or death
then I don’t need to be angry
or fearful of anything now
because I know that the best is yet to come.
“The thing that keeps us going for God,
even when everything or everyone around us is tumbling and stumbling,
is our vision of God, not our devotion to principles or our devotion to duty.”
- Oswald Chambers