Hello Amazing Reader, welcome to another great week!
I’ll share a quick story. Mr Alex and Mr Frost are colleagues turned friends. Their families are known to each other and they are really cool buddies. They are also at par professionally, so they earn within the same range.
All of a sudden, Alex realizes Frost seems to be having a financial challenge as he barely makes it through the month. Frost becomes full of complaints about several financial obligations, which he shared with his friend. Alex offers some encouraging words and assures Frost that everything would be fine but since he did not particularly ask him for money; he felt it was unnecessary to offer. Moreover, he didn’t want his offer to be misinterpreted. Frost, on the other hand felt disappointed at the action of his friend; expressing his disappointment to his wife, the following conversation ensued:
Mr Frost: ‘I can’t believe Alex would not offer me some financial assistance. After all, he knows how things have been with me’
Mrs Frost: He didn’t? That’s strange. I would have thought you both looked out for each other.
Mr Frost: Oh well, I thought so myself. I am really disappointed at his attitude.
Mrs Frost: Did you ask him though?
Mr Frost: Huh… of course not, I mean I don’t have to. I narrated my ordeal to him, I expected him to read in between the lines…
As funny as this may sound, it’s how many of us relate with God. We haven’t particularly asked, yet we want him to read in between the lines and come to our aid. We’ve even stayed mad at Him for not helping with that situation. You need to understand that complaining and nagging isn’t the same as making a request.
I really love the Message rendition of Matthew 7:7-11. It says ‘Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?
Look, He is God.He cannot be intimated by your requests. Even if you’re asking for a nation or an entire continent; He’s up to the task (Psalm 2:8) . He only needs you to ask according to His will and voila…it’s yours!
God’s blessings always,
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