I WISH

Matthew 7:7-11

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Remember this song by Skee-Lo called I Wish?  It’s a fun song where Skee-Lo is wishing for a bunch of things that he believes will make his life better and happier.  He wishes he was taller, that he was Baller (Basketball Player), that had a girlfriend, a brand new car and that he had his way.    

When you were a child did you ever think twice about telling your father your wishlist?  Probably not,  because you were close to him and you knew he loved you.  Does that mean your father always gave you everything on your wishlist?  Of course not, but he always gave you what you needed.  Even our imperfect earthly fathers would give us food if we were hungry and not a football.  If we look at (Matthew 7:7-11) we see Jesus telling us to ask and it will be given.  It is Gods’ desire to give us everything we need.  If you think you need a brand new Lamborghini, ask him.  If you think you need house, ask him.  If you think you need a better paying job, ask him.  If you think you need a spouse, ask him.  It’s not wrong to ask God for these things but these things are NOT promised by God.  God does NOT promise prosperity to his followers.  As Christians sometimes we sing songs and try to come up with prayers that sound like what God would want us to say but in reality it’s not on our “wishlist”…like “brokenness is what I need” or to “burden me”.  See there is no right or wrong way to talk to God, God doesn’t care what it is you bring to him he just wants you to ask, seek and knock…meaning go to him, tell him your desires, cast all your anxieties on him…just ask him anything.  Jesus came and died so that we could have a personal relationship with God the father.  So we could have direct access to him just as Jesus did in the garden. Look at (Mark 14:36) Jesus is going to God and calls him “Abba Father” an endearing term meaning Dad or Daddy.  It shows the intimacy and closeness Christ had with the father.  We also know that in this verse Christ was asking him that this cup be taken from him.  The “cup” is a representation of the sin of the world (yours and mine) but we ultimately see Jesus submit to his fathers will for him and not his own.

See the problem is our hearts are ever-changing and so one day we may want something and then the next we may not.  One day we want this particular car but then the next we want a different one.  God promises to give us what we need when we seek after him not what we want.  God knew Jesus had to go to the cross for us because we needed a Savior.  Jesus would have preferred another way but he knew that his father knew best.  God knows our ever-changing hearts better than we do and he knows what we really need isn’t a car, house, job, husband or wife, if he blesses us with any of these things that is wonderful but not a promise.  God wants to give us something greater, something that will make us so full we will need nothing more, he wants to give us is himself.

Luke 11:13

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

 Everything you need is bound up in the resurrected savior and as we draw close to him, he begins to make us like himself

In his service
Tom Smith