“O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
    so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.” Psalm 86:5 

 Our ten-month-old has this new thing where he doesn’t want Mom to feed him anymore, but instead only prefers to eat what he can pick up and put in his mouth himself. It’s such a cute thing, but it’s got my wife wondering what kind of food options that gives her right now considering he only has two little bottom teeth that have popped in. It’s amazing to me the things you don’t have to teach a little one, and how many things we just do because it’s in our nature.

We can all relate. That streak of independence that we all just inherently have causes us to want to “do it ourselves.” And, while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it can cause us to miss out on our Father’s willingness to help us, the key for which, is our willingness to ask. David, the writer of Psalm 85, knew all too well how that streak of independence can get us in trouble from time to time, but David also knew that when he reached out to his Heavenly Father for help and direction, he always received the Father’s unfailing love through his divine help.

James 1:5 tells us, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” Isn’t that refreshing and encouraging to know?

Today, you can know that when independence leads you to a dead end, all you have to do is ask the Father, and His answers will come with love.

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