Some of you may remember Monte Hall, that big-smiling host of the 60's and 70's TV show, "Let's Make a Deal." There's a new version on today. New host, new stuff. Not as good.
The object was to dress up goofy, compete for a prize, then be challenged to trade what we win for what's behind curtain number one, two, or three. Sometimes it was a good trade. Who wouldn't trade a pair of oven mitts for a cruise? But other times contestants traded a Skidoo only to win a belly button lint remover. Eeks! Bad move.
Sometimes we come to God like that "Big Game Show Host in the Sky." We often allow greed or emotion to guide our thoughts. Yes, we have a pretty good life, but, "God, I want more!" We've been blessed with a job, house, food on the table and most of our kids haven't been arrested. We're blessed. And still, we want more.
Or we come with disobedient lives, full of hypocrisy, and still want to make a deal with God so we can be blessed. We say, "Sure God, I might have rampant sin going on over in this area of my life, but let's not talk about that. What I really need is a new job." And then we wonder why God doesn't answer our prayer.
Or we fail to pray, worship, read His Word, serve and love others, and ask why God won't heal us when we are sick. We forget what Isaiah shares in scripture, "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have
hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear'' (Isaiah 59:2 NIV)
Could that mean what I think it means? Most certainly. When I continue to defy or ignore the life God has designed for me, that's my choice. Free will allows me to choose my way or God's way. But when I do, it's against God's nature to honor my prayers the way I would like or the way that will bring me peace and freedom.
When I call on God, seek His ways, humbly confess my sin, and turn from it, He will indeed hear from heaven, forgive me, and bring me health (2 Chronicles 7:14). Such gifts will always be better than what's behind any curtain. Amen?