“Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?” (Matthew 7: 9, 10, ESV)
One day it struck me—God owes me nothing, but I owe Him everything.
I had never agreed with the health and wealth gospel because Christ never promised us wealth for serving him. He never promised ease, or even physical health for loving him. But here I was, faced with a dilemma, and near desperate for God to reach down and fix what I couldn't fix.
I didn't want to live like this for one more day, much less for a long time or the rest of my life. I begged God, pleaded with Him, and worried about what I would do if He didn't fix it.
Then it struck me. I was acting like God really owed me, and if He didn't give me what I wanted, I couldn't survive. Similar to the wealth gospel, my emotions told me that no woman who loves God should have to live like this.
But sometimes, God allows His women to live out hard circumstances. Sisters, my situation has not yet changed, but God is changing my heart. He may not give me my earthly desires for a long time, or ever, but He will give my heart good things always.
If I ask Him for bread, He will never hand me a stone. If I ask for fish, He will never pass me a serpent. He will, instead, take me to good places where I see more goodness than ever before, were I able to hang on to earthly people and things.
Sisters in hard places, you don't need to wait to feast at a table full of more riches than you could ever buy with earthly currency. You Father is good, and will pass the best dishes your way when you trust him with all your heart.
His kingdom has no end and no limits. Ask him, and you will receive.