Word of Faith
How is it that so many of us believe we won’t have trouble in this life, that we’ll be wealthy and healthy and get anything we ask for? Our Father will take care of us, but His care comes, not with the moment, but with eternity in mind. Jesus walked. He had nowhere to lay his head. He didn’t live in lavish wealth. The devil tempted him to “name it and claim it’ in the wilderness soon after his baptism. “Command that these stones be made bread.” He most certainly could have done so… but he refused. Shouldn’t we be following his lead?
It’s not that asking God for things is wrong. It’s our motive that can get off. Is our request selfish? Is it to bring glory to Him or glory to ourselves? Will it benefit others? Is it part of His plan? Will it help us reach others? Strengthen our walk with Him? Or distract us? Another way to see if our motive is right is to consider how we might react if we don’t get what we ask for. Do we get upset with God? Shake our fist at Him? Argue with Him? Keep asking, focusing on that thing, telling Him we asked so He must give it? Or can we accept any answer? Can we pray “not my will but thine be done”? Can we be assured that no matter what happens in a situation He has our best interest in mind? Do we trust Him? Do we believe He MUST answer and do what we say, telling Him He promised to give us the desire of our hearts, or do we believe He wants to, and search our hearts to make sure the desire of our hearts is in line with His purpose for our lives?
It’s a matter of trust. Some believe that God promised to answer their every beck and call, that they have Him wrapped around their little finger. Others want to answer His call, and trust He holds them in the palm of His hand.