Mark 6:3 — “Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t His sisters here with us?”And they took offense at Him (NIV).
Many believers become offended at God when His blessing comes in a package they don’t expect, like, or understand. In fact, people often miss out on the blessing entirely because they discard the package before they ever open it. Sometimes God requires us to endure a tough process in order to receive His greatest blessing.
When I was a small child, I wanted a Nintendo for Christmas. I’m not talking about the Wii or the 3DS or whatever the latest system is today. I wanted the original game system with 8-bit graphics—the one with Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt. I had been good all year and the years prior, so I deserved it. I made my request known to my parents, and I anticipated receiving one come Christmas day.
When Christmas finally came, I was full of expectation. I ripped through my presents, and with each one my excitement waned. I started to get upset. No Nintendo. I looked at the final, wrapped box, and I quickly decided it was too big to be the gaming system. To say I was discouraged would be an understatement. I was offended at my parents. How could they do this to me?!
I slowly began to open it. I removed the wrapping paper to discover a giant, cardboard box. I pried it open to find dozens of socks. Have you ever received a gift you didn’t like, but you tried to play it off so you wouldn’t hurt the feelings of the person who gave it? That’s what I did.
I picked up some of the socks and moved others around. As I tried to look interested, I suddenly felt another box! I dug a little deeper. A Nintendo! I was beside myself.
Can you imagine how foolish it would have been for me to stop digging and remain offended? This may sound a little extreme, but the same scenario is played out in the lives of countless believers. Don’t miss God’s blessing because you’re offended with its packaging. Be willing to endure the process.
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