He went on to list some examples of the things God has already spoken on and therefore we don't need to ask him if we should do. Love our neighbors. Give generously. Raise our children right. Submit to our husbands (if you have one). God gave us clear instructions in the bible on so many topics but we find it safer to say we'll pray about it. Prayer is an important part of the Christian faith and not to be used as a cop out for the areas of our lives were not quite ready to give up.
Along these lines I had to check myself this morning in church. I'd received some extra money for a job I did and in my head this morning I was trying to justify not tithing from this money. I battled in my head for a few minutes and finally thought to myself, God has blessed me over and over with money and provisions and his word is clear that he wants the first and the best of everything I earn. I tithed. Then I bowed my head (while no one else way praying) and I asked God to continue to hit my upside the head with guilt when I forget that my money is not my own.
I should probably stop confessing all my struggle and quirks on here before you all get too much of a look at my thought closet. : ] But the truth is in the last 2 years God has really gotten a grip on me and the transformation I've seen in my heart and life has been a miracle in and of itself. It is because I know that my God is a God of grace and not a God of perfect people that I'm comfortable telling you all that somedays I battle with my selfishness even in church!
I shared with my small group that I'm coming out on the other end of this problem. I've prayed for years and years for God to provide for me financially and bless me, etc. Then one day a few months ago I was really humbled when I realized he's HAS been providing for me. I've just been piddling it away on 'stuff'. I finally had to stop just praying for my savings account to fill up and start accepting God's provision with humility and wisdom. It was time to start asking for it to take care of itself and start being a good steward of all that he's already given me.
Another topic discussed this week was this whole submitting to your husband 'thing'. : ] There are a lot of strong women in my life and I'd go so far as to say I'm one of them. But one girl said something that really hit home for me. She said that God calls us to submit to our husbands. That is our job. Our husbands job is to lead us within God's will. Now, if he misses the boat on leading our family within God's will - then God's going to slap him upside the head for it. But if I get in the way because I'm not submitting and I think I know best - then I'm gonna get the slap upside the head before he does. She went on to say, I've learned that sometimes submission is like ducking - to I can get out of the way and let God give my husband a whack.
I'm not married myself but this made me laugh. I often find myself getting in my own way when it comes to God's will. As one man said in a video at church this morning, "I need to give God more glory and less of me'. Amen.