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When You Are Not Chosen

February 8, 2016

And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.”  And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (Acts 1:24-27)

Oftentimes, when we hear of other people winning the lottery, we ask the question: why not me? When another person at work gets a promotion, we say “it should have been me”. When our friends move from an apartment into a larger home, we find ourselves saying “it should have been me”. When another family member purchases a new automobile, again, we find ourselves saying “it should have been me”. When we hear of that person losing his home, his job or being stricken with a disease, we quit asking ‘why not me’? The first thing that comes to our mind; he must have committed a sin. As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same. (Job 4:8) Again, when a person is going through something, we relate it to sin. Even Jesus disciples related the man born blind from birth was a result of sins. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him”. (John 9:2-3)


I watched a friend fall in love with a woman that did not acknowledge him as being alive. This guy did everything to win her heart. He would often tell me “if she was mine, “I would never hurt her and she would never want or lack for anything”. As the story unfolded, this lady married an unfaithful man, and was left with several children and a job she hated. God knows what we need even before we ask. God only send us good and perfect gifts from above. Many times we apply and pray for a certain job, only to receive the dreadful letter “we decided to go with a more qualified candidate”. God is not saying no, but this job was not the job He had planned for you. After all, God know the plans He has for us.

We all want a larger piece of the American pie. God has enough blessings to go around and to bless each and every one as He desires. God will not put more on us than we can bear; and this includes blessings. God know everyone can’t receive His blessings. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more”.  (Luke 12:48) “I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more”! (2 Samuel 12:8) When God bless us, many of us want to hold on to our blessings and refuse to bless another person. God is saying “if you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things”. (Matthew 25:23) Many times, we don’t know what we are asking the Lord; when He reverses the question back to us: “Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” (Matthew 20:22)

Prayer: Father, forgive us for asking amiss. Teach us how to pray and let your will be done in Heaven and on earth. Father, we don’t come asking for more; we come to say “thank You” for all the perfect gifts from above. Amen

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One Comment
  1. Great post…thought provoking!

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