Thoughts to Ponder

(Luke 11:9-10 NIV) "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Ask

If you had the ear of the President of the United States and you had needs or wants that he could take care of for you and you knew that he wanted to do them for you, would you ask him? Or would you just sit back and say to yourself, "He knows what I need and what I want and he wants to help me so why should I ask him?"

We as Christians have the ear of someone much more powerful then the President of the United States; we have the ear of the King of the universe. I hear people complain because God does not do things for them but yet they never bother to pray, except maybe during physical peril. God knows what they want and what they need so why should they go ask Him? If He really loved them He would just do it for them without their asking. What arrogance! This is the Creator of life you are talking about. Who are you?? You are nothing but a speck in time, yet you think that God Almighty, the Lord of Hosts, King of Heaven and earth should bow to your wishes and do for you what you want without your asking.

Take a look at the, so called 'golden rule:' Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Do you believe in that rule? Well if you do then shouldn't you all the more do unto God as you would have Him do unto you? We want God to take care of us, to watch over us daily, yet we refuse to even talk to Him on a regular basis. When is the last time you just went before His throne to tell Him how great He is, or to tell Him how happy you are? Is complaining all He ever hears from you?

I won't try to tell you that I understand why God acts the way He does, but I do want to you tell you that I know that He has ordained in His wisdom several things. First, that all things come together for the good of those who love Him. That does not mean that we will be happy with everything that happens in our lives, or that we will see, this side of eternity, how some things fit into the overall good He does in our lives. It does mean that we can trust Him to do everything for our good. Second, I know that He wants to help us and answer our requests, but He will not do certain things even though He wants to, unless we ask.

He has adopted us as Sons and Daughters, but we keep Him at arm's length. Are we worried that He does not really know what is good for us? Or maybe we just don't trust Him to really do what is good for us? If you have ever raised a teenager you know how God must feel sometimes. You know what is best for them but they don't trust you. You love them but they don't seem to realize that also means you would do anything for them as long as you are sure it is good for them. They hate to ask you to do anything for them, unless of course it involves your money going towards their needs.

When was the last time your teenager came to you and said thank you for the roof over his head, or the cloths on his back or for paying for the doctor's visit when he was sick? Do you still think God does not understand and feel the same way you do?

Don't be fooled into thinking that we serve an uncaring God. Look at the emotions you have; you love, you get angry, you are hurt, sad, happy… Where do you think those emotions came from? God gave you those emotions. I believe He gave us the same emotions that He possesses. I am not trying to say that His emotions are just like ours, because they aren't. For instance He does not get mad as we do. When He gets angry it is a righteous anger, unlike ours, which is often anything but righteous. He does not get depressed as we do. I believe He has a sense of humor, we know He loves (John 3:16 NIV) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. He gets angry (Deu 9:7-8 NIV) Remember this and never forget how you provoked the LORD your God to anger in the desert. From the day you left Egypt until you arrived here, you have been rebellious against the LORD. At Horeb you aroused the Lord's wrath so that he was angry enough to destroy you. He feels sorrow because of us. (Mat 23:37 NIV) "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.

Why don't we talk to Him more often? If you talk to God (pray) often you will get closer to Him. That may be the problem with most people, they don't want to get too close to Him. After all He might start expecting them to do things for Him, or stop doing things He does not like. The next thing you know they might become like one of those fanatics.

One of the things Satan uses to keep people from coming to Christ is the thought that when they do they will have to give up everything that means anything to them and everything that is fun to do. After all who ever saw a Christian have fun? Well get a clue, Satan uses the same thoughts on Christians. Don't get too close to God or He will make you stop having fun. Get too close and you know He will ask you to be a missionary or a preacher.

Maybe God would call you to be a preacher or a missionary. I don't know, but I do know that whatever His purpose is for your life you will not be truly happy until you find it and submit to it. I believe it is possible to live outside God's will and still be a Christian, but I don't believe it is possible to grow or be truly happy in that state.

As parents we discipline our children because we love them and want them to learn. I believe God does the same thing because He loves us. (Heb 12:5-8 NIV) And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. If you submit to God's will and do what He wants you to do, you can't help but be happy. God does not call anyone to wear a sour look or to be depressed or to be miserable in their jobs. If that is where you are then get on your knees and ask God what is wrong, but be careful, He just might show you!

God is the God of the universe, Creator of all things in Heaven and on earth, but He is also; our Father, our Savior, our Redeemer, our Protector, our Provider, our Rock, our Fortress, our Shelter in the time of storm, our Shepherd, our Deliverer, and if we let Him our Friend.

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