Matthew 7:7-11

Man, I really wish I had a 4-wheel drive pickup truck, crew cab, full sized bed. How much easier home projects would be if I just had a truck that could carry home supplies when I need them! If only my house was a little bigger, with one more bedroom, and a den or office where I could work in a quiet room on grading papers or typing blog entries. If only…

In this passage from Matthew, we read about how all we have to do is ask God and He will give it to us. Or at least that might be how some people might interpret this passage. But in reality, we know that isn’t quite the point being made by Jesus here. One phrase in particular caught my attention as I read this. In verse 11 we find “How much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.” It doesn’t say ALL things; it says GOOD things. God will grant us the things that He has determined will be GOOD, which I interpret as He will give us NEEDS, which may not always match our WANTS.

We may never know what God thinks we need, but that doesn’t mean we should not ask just in case we are wrong. Instead, I think we need to make our requests in prayer, but with an added line within that prayer. “Not my will, Lord, but Yours be done.” I am allowed to ask for things. If I don’t ask, I will never receive. Sort of like the old Wayne Gretzky quote that says “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” How will you know what God will grant or not grant if you never ask? At the same time, we have to realize that when we do ask for something that isn’t granted to us, or not granted to us as quickly as we would like, that someone much higher up that any of us had a different plan in mind. And that plan is always to bring us closer to Him and ultimately bring Him glory.

So, ask, seek, knock, and the door will be opened; if it is God’s will for us. The one who is faithful and just will provide us with exactly what we need when we need it most.

Enjoy this amazing mid-February weather! God bless you all.