22 January 2015

He's a GOOD God, Who Gives

 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!" ~Matthew 7:7-11

Do we believe this? Really & truly believe this, like we believe in gravity, or in the solidity of the floor beneath our feet?

 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. ~James 1:5

How many of us truly believe this? How many of us actually trust God to not come down on us for asking too much, or asking the wrong thing, or approaching too near the throne of grace?

God doesn't rebuke earnest inquiry, just as we flawed mortals don't come down hard on our little children's questions. We are all as infants before the Lord. 

But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. ~James 1:6-8

Trust Him. It's so easy to do. Letting go of what you held on to, that object in which you placed your trust and faith, isn't usually much fun, but once you have, there's nothing holding you back from flying as high as His breath will carry you. 

God of Heaven, show forth Your love for Your people. Teach them that they can love You without fear, that they can trust You without restraint. Let the walls come crumbling down, God, to build bridges across the gulfs that divide. Let our hearts be open and receptive to Your love, and open our eyes to witness Your faithful care for us, in Jesus' treasured name, amen. 

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!