Thursday, July 26, 2012

Because He Says So

So if your child asked you for a sandwich, would you give him stone soup?  Or if they asked for chicken, would you give them frog legs?  Sounds silly, yeah, but is that how we think God works in out lives.  I've been seeking the Lord's will and provision for something BIG, like really big. And my faith seems so small... Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!

Matthew 7:9-11--"Which of you, if his 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, k now how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him?" NIV

I struggle with asking God for more.  Why do I do that?  He's my Father, and as an abandoned wife and single mom, He is also my husband, my Protector, my Rock.   Sometimes I approach the Lord whimpering like, It's me again, God...You're probably tired of hearing from me again, but....well....I need help with this and this is broken and money is tight and....  Why am I scared to claim that I AM A DAUGHTER OF THE KING!?   I can approach my Father with confidence because He says so!  Jesus provided that way.  Hebrews 4:16a says" Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence..."   Perhaps because I am not particularly close to my earthly dad I feel that I am bothering my heavenly Father when I go to Him.  I pray for strength that I can break from that weakness.  I once heard a pastor say, "He is your Father.  Go into the throne room of your Father the King, and crawl into His lap."  Oh Spirit, for confidence to do that daily!

I've been thinking of the verse from Matthew 7:9-11.  I believe God's Word, I do, but then those negative thoughts creep in,  telling me that I'm not asking for bread and fish (sustenance, needs) but asking above and beyond (wants), that I'm being selfish.  But the verse goes on to say that our Father gives us good gifts too!   He has provided all our needs--my children and I have never been lacking!  But He has also blessed us far above my expectations!   I will trust in Him.  I will believe that He gives good gifts.  Because He says so.