Matthew 7:7 “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. 8 This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. 9 If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? 10 If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? 11 As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?”
Why do our children try to manipulate us? Asking in a different voice, tilting their heads slightly to the right or left, asking the other parent or offering to barter. Quid pro Quo with my mother was never really a good idea for me. My mother would always remind me of who she was and who I was not.
As sad as it is, it’s true; our tendency is to try and barter with God. You remember being on that roller coaster ride and feeling fright that felt like the grip of death on your heart. What did you pray? “God, please get me off of this ride! God, if you do, I will NEVER do this again!” Truth be told, we have nothing to barter with, nothing worth a second glance from God. We need to remember who God is and who we are not.