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God Is Not Annoyed When We Annoy Him

Many of us grow up with a distinct memory of our parents demanding that we stop annoying them, stop pestering them and stop going on and on…

I have caught myself declaring to my children, “If you ask me one more time, you won't be getting it at all!”. 
– I cringe whenever that comes out of my mouth because deep down I wonder what God is thinking about the whole situation. 

Well before my kids were mine, they were His!

Jesus tells a story about a widow lacking justice in her circumstances and illustrated how persistent she was in her faith:

Luke 18:8
“I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?”

Those words 'persistent faith' are ringing in my ears. 

Am I persistent?
Do I keep asking God for His help in every situation?
Have I somehow just traded persistent faith for contentment?
What will it take for spiritual fire to arrest my dedication in enduring prayer?

One of the challenges of parenting is to help our children grow up out of childish behaviour whilst protecting their child like qualities. 

Perhaps, in our growing up, we have forgotten that God is not annoyed when we annoy Him!

Joel A’Bell