Ever felt like you’ve been cheated by God? Like you are constantly getting the short end of the deal? I know me asking this as a Christian seems a bit strange, but let’s be real for just a moment. Many of us at some point or another have felt cheated by God. If that’s not the case for you, then that’s awesome! I, myself, would be lying if I said I have never felt this way before or at times can still feel this way. Of course I haven’t turned my back on God, but I have questioned when is it my turn? Why am I being jipped?
In my flesh, I at times look at my sacrifices and can’t make sense of why some things haven’t turned around for me.
I can’t make sense as to why I take two steps forward just to feel like I’m taking four steps backwards.
I can’t make sense of how I have decided to surrender myself to Him and still feel like I’m fruitless in some parts of my life.
I can’t make sense of how I can serve God, serve His people, and put my all into it & yet I feel attacked from every angle. And sometimes have no one to pour into me.
I can’t seem to wrap my tiny, little brain around the fact that I gave up my promiscuous ways, stopped dating random guys, and started doing this dating/purity thing God’s way and a sista haven’t been on a single date since.
I can’t understand it and because I can’t make sense of it, I begin to feel cheated!
It was about a month ago when Priscilla Shirer came to minister to us at my church. In her sermon, she gave an illustration of a friend of hers that gave up her nice paying corporate job out of obedience to God. She goes on to share about the sacrifices this woman made out if pure obedience but things were not blooming for her. After a while of feeling defeated, she shares that the Holy Spirit told her friend, “You haven’t been cheated, you’ve been chosen!”
When she spoke those words that particular Sunday, I got chills! All the times I felt cheated by God, now made sense. I have been chosen.
It was confirmation that through it all, I am being strengthened as I continue to put my trust and faith in Him. He chose me and He chose you for such a time as this. You are the best soldier for the job! Understand that He who began a good work in you will carry it through to completion (Philippians 1:6)
Now, every time I begin to feel cheated, I remember those words: You have not been cheated; you’ve been chosen!
God has not forgotten about you! Keep pushing, & keep believing that He will make due on all of His promises. Remember obedience is always better than sacrifice!