God is NOT a Genie!

Written By: JoJoisms - Apr• 25•17

I’m going to go into this a lot more in detail in the coming months, but I just have to put this out there.  God is NOT a genie!

When you are chronically ill, you often run into devotionals and gurus who tell you to pray and God will take away all your issues.  The Name it and Claim it crowd will try to convince you that you can have whatever you want: wealth, health, success, love, crunchy peanut butter, and the horse it rode in on just by believing in it and/or praying for it. Further, they’ll try to convince you that if He doesn’t heal you, it’s your fault because you have unconfessed sin.  

God is not our genie. He’s our Lord, our Savoir and He knows what is best for us even if we can’t understand it at the time…or ever.  How many times have you seen a movie about someone who achieved great things despite overwhelming odds or great tragedy?  They inspire others, don’t they?  Think about some of the Bible’s examples of being faithful to God?  Did God always heal them?  

This is not even biblical.  Where in the Bible does it tell us we can have whatever we want whenever we want it.  It tells us we can have the desires of our heart, but only after we submit to Him. It also says that the Lord can say yes, no, or wait when we pray.  I submit to you that God often says no or wait.  At least that’s my experience.  In the Bible, He told Paul, “my grace is sufficient for you.”

And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

The problem with believing that God will heal us if we only ask, aside from it not being scriptural, is that you end up angry, frustrated, and weary.  Weary from constantly praying for something that never happens, frustrated because the struggle now includes wishing and waiting for answers on top of just having to deal with the every day problems we face just having chronic illness.  And angry at God and others for what we have to handle instead of being at peace with how we are and just concentrating on the struggle at hand.  Instead of looking for God to do what we want, we should concentrate on doing what God wants of us.

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”  -Abraham Lincoln

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  1. Laurie says:

    Great job JoJo!! People can be hurtful when they believe in untruths or unbiblical philosophies. Thank God we know better and can take refuge in Him. In the One who saves our souls! The Ine who will give us brand new bodies, Amen! I can wait, I can be told No. I have a heavenly eternity to look forward to. God is good!

  2. JoJoisms says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Laurie. It’s sometimes a hard lesson to learn, but an important one.

  3. Great reminder and information! 2 Corinthians 12:9 is one of my favorite verses ❤️

  4. Jehava says:

    This ian such an awesome post with great reminders for us all with prayer! Thanks for sharing!

  5. JoJoisms says:

    Thanks, Reeni!

  6. JoJoisms says:

    You’re very welcome, Jehava.

  7. Dana says:

    Yes. This is only tangential, but the other thing that always annoyed me was people constantly telling me, “Hold fast to Jesus.” Which isn’t ascriptural and I knew they meant well (which is why I never said anything). But really, did they realize that’s pretty much all that was left getting me up and moving me forward every day? Holding on to Jesus doesn’t make it go away, it just makes it possible.

  8. JoJoisms says:

    Exactly, Dana!! Your feelings don’t necessarily go away when you realize God still loves you and has a plan for you. Things are still hard and we have to deal with them.

  9. Tanya says:

    That is so true. Good article

  10. JoJoisms says:

    Thanks, Tanya!