Did you know that if you are looking for one thing, but God is looking for another thing, we can completely miss each other, just because we are not looking for the same thing? It happens all the time in marriages. The man is looking for one thing from his wife and the wife is looking for something completely different from her husband, so they get frustrated with each other, all because they are not looking for the same thing out of the relationship. It is not that they don’t love each other, it is not that they don’t want to please or serve each other, it is simply because they are looking for two different things. It is called a values conflict. It happens in every relationship. What you value may not be of highest value to someone else and so you get frustrated because you can’t see past your highest value in order to understand theirs.
In Luke 18 it says, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” The first values conflict most believers have with the Bible is that they cannot believe that God would use unrighteousness people to teach righteous people anything. This is a sign of being religious, because we judge the unrighteous as having no value when it comes to what God is doing on the earth. This mistake is very costly for those who make it, because God used Pharaoh to get Israel out of Egypt; He used Goliath to promote David; He used Rahab to hide Jewish spies; and He still uses those we deem unrighteous to do His kingdom work on earth, for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. If you don’t value unrighteous leaders God is using, you will miss what they are doing for the kingdom of God on earth.
We value justice, we don’t want any delay, and the unrighteous judge says, those things are going to happen for us, We will see justice and it is not going to delay, but justice is not God’s highest value, even though it may be ours. Luke 18 says, we are looking for justice and God is looking for faith, God’s highest value is faith, ours is justice, is it possible this is why people are frustrated, because believers and God are not looking for the same thing? I believe this is why we get frustrated, because we are looking for something different than God is looking for. Our job is to know what He is looking for and look for the same thing, then we will not be frustrated by something we think we want, for we are pursuing the same thing God wants.