There is a line which you probably have heard: “Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.”
In this Christian life, the Word of God states it in this way: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
I have asked for many things and I have been pleasantly surprised by how they came to fulfillment. On the other hand, I also became terribly annoyed, disappointed and even self-condemning when certain things I asked for did not materialize.
Over the past year, as I found myself in all kinds of challenges, I became increasingly present to an immutable fact of who He is. Here is the fact: God is our good, good Father.
I have always fancied and searched for a spot where I could just get away from it all. Of late, I discovered that I cannot get away from it all. I may have temporary relief but ultimately I still have to face it. Here’s another mind-boggling (to me, at least) revelation – Getting away from it all is really not the goal.
If the clue to a great life is to stay and be with it (whatever the issue or challenge that might be for you), then how does having God in one’s life help? Well, everything! If answers to some questions are short in coming, then how are we to live? Thank goodness that the Bible is a living encourager!
Consider these words:
“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
If I could summarize how another year has been for me, it would be to embrace this second immutable fact.
Be still and know that He is God.
There is no dispute about it. God only gives good stuff (Luke 18:1-8). So go ahead, ask it from Him. Let the doors be opened wide for you. But may I also add a caveat? When you do give your life entirely into His hands, be prepared to go into the unknown with Him and come out thinking: Gee, did I just do that?
And so this is how we grow faith. I place my life completely into His hands.
And why? I get irritated, I am impatient. I lack grace. On top of that, life seems to spin out of control, without me having to do anything with it.
God is sovereign, however. He is above the nations, above all the earth.
Faith made stronger – that is my prayer. Will it be yours as well? I hope so.
Peace and love to you,
“Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” Isaiah 26:8