“Let’s talk about conditional belief in God,” Stan said one morning.
“Give me an example of what you mean,” I responded.
“Saying to God, in effect, if He will do such and such, you will do such and such in return.”
“As a specific example,” Stan continued, “a few years back we had a neighbor who developed breast cancer. My wife and some others reached out to her, invited her to Bible study, prayed with and for her, etcetera.”
“The woman started to attend church regularly and appeared to make a genuine commitment to God. Soon after that the cancer was gone.”
“Wow!” I responded. “That’s great.”
“Except that the woman quit going to church, quit attending Bible study, and quit just about everything to do with God. It was as if she got what she wanted, but wasn’t willing to give God what He wanted, which was her entire being without any conditions.”
“You ever have anything like that in your life?” I asked Stan.
“Afraid so; more than once,” Stan replied. “But that was before I truly understood what God wants in our relationship. He wants me without condition. And He wants me to want Him without condition.”
“No ifs, ands, or buts!” Stan said with a smile.
Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt? Matthew 14:30.
Prayer: Lord, you know my heart. You know it better than I do. You love me and you provide for me without condition. You want me to love and to believe in you without condition. I want that as well, but too often my selfish desires get in the way. I give all of that to you and ask you to move in and through me exactly as you want to remove any conditions I might place in our relationship. Amen.