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Afraid of God Failing

I’ve been disappointed and disillusioned. I’ve wondered what was happening and why I wasn’t getting what I asked for. The enemy doesn’t take too long before he starts trying to convince you that God isn’t going to come through.

If that doesn’t work, he’ll try to convince you that it makes sense you should just begin to expect less from God. Without a firm resistance, you can begin to apply this to all His promises.

I think the fear of God failing us leads us to “cover for God.” This means we ask for less, expect less, and are satisfied with less because we are afraid to ask for or expect more. We even convince ourselves that we don’t want more—that we have all the “God” we need or could want. I can’t imagine how much it pains God to see His children hold back from relationship with the Holy Spirit out of fear that He won’t come through. –Francis Chan, Forgotten God 

We probably wouldn’t say it like that, “God failed.” But we live like we believe that. We readjust expectations based not on scripture and His promises, but on our or others’ limited experiences.

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” –Luke 11:13

Evil people still love and give good things to their kids, not because those kids do everything right or say the right words. It’s because something inside them wants to give and love. Jesus says, “how much more…” will your Father give the Holy Spirit. Simply asking.

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Sometimes I forget this truth and beg as though He needs convincing. It’s as ridiculous as if my kids thought they needed to beg me to hug them. It delights my heart to hug them. –Francis Chan, Forgotten God 

There may be a little different experience than you bargained for. It may feel different or any number of things, but you can have faith that He desires for you to know the Holy Spirit. He gives so graciously.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever tried to “cover” for God or felt like you had to believe for less? 


Welcome to Chapter 2 of our book club discussion of Forgotten God (disclosure) by Francis Chan. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. We’re covering a chapter a week. If you have a response on your blog, add the link to the widget below. Either way, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts.

Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!

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  1. I highlighted those quotes as I read. My fears in this regard do not lean so much towards God not coming through, but me asking something that goes against God’s Will and/or being afraid that my faith is not what it should be.

    I pray but I pepper my prayer with if it be your will… I give God an out -- I give myself an excuse… I cover for Him and for me.

    The first is not needed. The second has me settling for less than the best.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..What Others ThinkMy Profile

    • I think we’ve all done it at one time or another, but the beautiful reality is, He has no trouble making good on His promises and there’s nothing more glorious to our transformation than the gift of His Spirit. What a great Father! Thank you, Dusty.

  2. My greater fear is that God’s going to realize that I’m not worth it and walk away. #truth
    Sarah Salter recently posted..ScaredMy Profile

    • I understand (believe me, I do!), but as God has told me (many times), if He didn’t think we were worth it, He wouldn’t have sent Jesus in the first place. He loved us before we failed, fell short, sinned, or disappointed Him and still sent His Son. The depths of His love are incredible… Thanks Sarah.

  3. I consider that I’m too sinful or not worthy to receive from God, let alone his Holy Spirit. How can I ask even for little when I’ve done nothing to deserve his goodness? But you’re right. Even the worst of sinners can still bless those he or she loves. It’s not because of worthiness; it’s because of love.
    Thomas Mason recently posted..The Truth About LiesMy Profile

    • His love and His grace, what a force in our lives! No one deserves but He is so good to us. Thanks Thomas.

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