Would you pray that? Would you ask God to surprise you?
You may have had one of two reactions.
The first is: “Whoa! Be careful what you ask for!”
The second is: “A surprise from God? Bring it on!”
Your reaction reveals a lot about how you view God.
The first reaction tells me you view God as someone who really isn’t on your side. Someone who’s looking for any excuse to throw a problem into your life. Ask Him for a surprise and you’re asking for trouble.
The second reaction tells me you view God as a loving Father who delights in His children. You know He loves you and wants only the best for you. Ask Him for a surprise and you begin to anticipate His goodness being expressed toward you.
If asking God for a surprise makes you nervous, let me encourage you to meditate on the following passages. Your view of God needs a realignment.
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13)
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
Does God use trials and difficulties in our lives? Absolutely. He uses them to conform us to His image and strengthen our faith. That’s not my point here. We’re talking about how you view God.
Are you asking for an egg, but expecting a scorpion?