SIMPLY ASK

“But for us, There is one God, the Father, by whom all things were created,
    and for whom we live, And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created, and through whom we live”. 1 Corinthians 8:6

In Joshua chapter fifteen, Acsah asked her father, Caleb, for land that included springs of water. Caleb responded by giving her the land that included upper and lower springs. We also see that in Joshua 17:3-4, Zelophehad had no sons, so all five of his daughters approached Joshua and asked for land for themselves. Land had only been allotted to men as heads of families, but being that their family had no men, they didn’t want to miss out on the blessing of land. Joshua responded by giving them a grant of land as they requested.

Then, in Joshua 17:14, the descendants of Joseph came to Joshua and requested more land because the Lord had blessed them with so many people. Joshua replied by telling the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh to “clear as much land as they wished and take possession of its farthest corners.”

So, what can we learn from these three closely related examples? Maybe we can learn that the only thing standing between what we need and what we have is just a simple “ask.” James 4:2 tells us that “we have not because we ask not.”

So, if we’re “not asking” then we must ask ourselves why. Could it be possible that one of the reasons we don’t ask God for things in faith is found in the way we view Him? Do you see God as the mean, old, miserly-looking, white-bearded figure who seems grumpy, always unpleased with you and ready to “get you” when you fall short?  Well, if you do, then that may explain why you may not ask.

The truest depiction of God is found in the story we’ve come to call, “The Prodigal Son” – which is actually more of a story of a loving father. In that story, Jesus portrayed God as the loving father who waited patiently for his son to return home, and when he did return, the father lavished him with open, loving arms, exceeding anything the prodigal son asked.

Today, be reminded of the truth found in Romans 8:32 which says, Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?”

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