“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:7-12
Today, I am all excited about something that I am praying God brings to me. To be completely honest, I have been asking Him for more money.
Sound selfish? Probably. But, I am a single mother. Mine is the only income in this house. The Lord literally led me out of a job that was causing me extreme stress to a wonderful, Christian working environment that allowed me to also be with my son. However, this job change came with a VERY. SIGNIFICANT. PAY CUT.
Yet, I have been trusting Him, because there is no doubt that He wanted me to be where I am. It was the result of so much prayer and time in His word, and His moving behind the scenes, as He always does, to make things happen.
But, now my budget is TIGHT! Tight to the point of strangulation! Don’t get me wrong – He has provided for my son and me all the way through. Even when I took things in my own hands, He showed me that if I had trusted Him, He was going to provide. Ugh….so sorry, Lord.
ANYWAY, I have been literally asking for more money. I have been working, and am still working, on having a Biblical view of God. A few years ago, Satan had me believing that God wanted nothing to do with me. I thought He literally just wanted me to go away. I would tell Him that I had nowhere else to go! (Sounds like a movie line…haha) I would tell the Lord that I would just sit off in a corner and not bother Him, but I could not walk away from Him.
What a twisted view! Satan is such a horrid liar, and so crafty! It took a lot of time in God’s Word and lots of praying to Him to show me that He loved me. And He did. But I am still working….working on looking at Him as a good, loving, providing husband….looking at Him as a loving, perfect father….looking at Him as love – perfect and pure.
So, when looking at these verses, I have to realize that He WANTS to give good things to me! A good husband provides for his wife, and He loves giving her things that make her happy. A good father provides for his children, and He loves to give them things to make them happy. A good, pure, and perfect God gives us things, situations, and life experiences to bring Him glory, but also to make us happy.
Now, please do not go attacking me about preaching the prosperity gospel. I am not. I am not saying He is going to make everything all roses and daffodils for me. Seriously, my life has not been easy, but He is using it all to bring Him glory…and I pray that one day it just may help bring someone closer to Him.
However, I am absolutely saying that He DOES like to give us good gifts. LITERALLY.
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Now, notice it says “gifts”. Only He knows what we truly need. He understands perfectly what will constitute as a good gift. I may think it is helping me with more money….He may see it differently. He may know there is something so much more, so much better, by not having more money – and that is the gift.
Either way, I see this verse telling me – ASK! Ask Him! He will take your confused little human understanding of what you need, and like a good father…a perfect father…He will give You what you really need….what will be good for you. He wants to give you good gifts…so just ask!
As a single mom, I know how much I love to give to my son. I give him things, yes, but I also give him love, attention, help, discipline, advice, a little push toward something I know is good for him…. I know how very, very, very deeply I love my son…and God says my love is so imperfect…just a tiny fraction of His love for me.
So trust Him. Ask Him and trust Him. Trust Him to give you good things….whatever these things may be. Lay your request in His lap….He will take care of it. Just trust Him….even when it is confusing. Trust Him…even when it is not what you wanted or what you imagined…trust Him. Because He loves you.