Don’t turn God’s blessings into last year’s iPhone

I can remember it like it was yesterday: the day I was finally getting an iPhone. Up until that point in my life, I used handed down phones and the abomination known as “Android.” So there I was ordering my new, white iPhone 4. I could already see in my mind all the crisp photos I would take with the 5MP camera. I knew what apps I would download. And of course, I would finally be a part of Team Apple. It was a magical day. 

But the magical fairy dust, that covered my iPhone, didn’t last long. I can’t remember if it was when I got my first scratch on it, or when the 4s came out, or possibly when I  shattered the entire screen, but at some point that iPhone just wasn’t magical anymore. I wanted something new, and as you know Apple always has “new.” 

Apple is notorious for putting out faster, slimmer, and all around better products about two months after you finally save the money to buy the last thing they put out.  They are always leaving us wanting more. And you have to give it to their marketing team, even though we know we don’t need it, we still want it. 

See, I had what I needed but I no longer had what I wanted.

It is the inherent nature of humans to always want more than we need. I don’t need a $175 shirt from a European specialty shop, but I want it. I don’t need a new car, but I wouldn’t mind a Range Rover. I’m fairly certain I’m not telling you anything new. You see this in your every day life. We see what we want and we take it. But after we finally get what we thought was so desperately needed, the desperation turns to boredom. It’s on to bigger and better things. 

How many times in our lives have we so desperately needed something from God-a miracle, an answered prayer, or help growing our church-but after He does it, we often celebrate but quickly start asking for new things?

I have recently realized in my life that I am always asking God for the next thing, and it’s not always selfish things. I often ask Him for healing in someone’s life, or for growth in a church, or for a better understanding of His Word. But I rarely go back and thank God specifically for the prayers that He has already answered. I continually thank Him for my salvation and for what He has done in my life, but rarely do I recall specific answered prayers. 

For example, when I was pretty young, about 6 or 7, I was almost completely deaf in my right ear. My parents thought that I was ignoring them when they would ask me something, but I simply couldn’t hear. Then one night I had a dream about my ear being healed. I woke up and my right ear was completely restored. Crazy I know, but it happened. 

I am ashamed to say but often I forget about this substantial answered prayer. How different would my life be today if I was completely deaf in one ear or possibly both? But we usually don’t think that way. We think “That’s great, now can you do this for me too?” We have to come to the realization that God is not some random guy, doing us a solid when He answers our prayers. He is continuing in the relationship He already has with us. That relationship is a two-way street. Cliché I know, but it’s still true. We have to remember all of the things that God has done for us, and continually thank Him for those things. Don’t let the amazingness that you once felt fade away. 

So let’s not make God’s blessings into last year’s iPhone.