My Generous Father.

My Father, thank you that you are generous and that you are the Generous Shepherd of Your sheep. You guard and protect your sheep. Your followers. Nothing is impossible for You You are the Source for all our needs. You tell me to ask and seek and I will find what I need in You. You are generous to me. Thank You!

Father, thank You for the verse in Isaiah about You owning the cattle on a thousand hills—reminding me that everything belongs to You, my Generous Father. I’m also glad that You have a sense of humor, because sometimes when I have a need, I ask you to sell one of  Your cows.  

“If you live your life in Me, and my words live in your hearts, you can ask for whatever you like and it will come true for you.”

John 15:7 Phillips version

Why doesn’t God give us everything we ask for?

If that verse in John 15 is true, (and it is!) then why don’t we always get whatever we ask for?  I can remember as a brand new Christian, taking literally “ASK and you will receive.” Like a kid in a toy store, I wanted what I wanted. And I wanted it now. I was bewildered. Certainly God agreed with me about what HE should do, right? NOT!

We lust after things that are not good for us. Things that will draw us away from God.

It is so easy to fall into an attitude of self-reliance.

No need to pray. We’re too busy to pray. We forget to pray. After all, there’s no need to “bother” God about it. We can just get ‘er done! Kinda like when we were teen agers and thought we were smarter than our parents.

For me, as I got to know Him better through His word, I began to understand that He wasn’t up there with a big stick, or being a kill-joy. After making a mess of a bunch of things, I began to realize His ways really are best. Because God is a GOOD Father—knowing the beginning and the ending of our life stories—He gives us what we need rather than what we want, in order to accomplish His purposes in our lives, in order to bring us back into an understanding that even my very breath is dependent on Him. His generosity is beyond measure. And sometimes, what we actually need is a GOOD Father that says “no”.

In Psalm 23 we learn that He gives us “our daily bread”. He wants us to not take that for granted. Like the Israelites who grumbled all the way to their Promised Land. God provided daily manna literally from Heaven. (Their daily bread.) He was their generous provider. But, they wanted MORE. They wanted something different. They were ungrateful. Sometimes the hardest thing is to embrace His answer, or to “wait” for Him to respond. And sometimes that makes us angry at God. We might even think He is “mean”. That is how the Israelites felt. Have YOU ever felt that way about God? That He is mean? I have.

Or, like me, has He given you want you wanted and it turned out to be a disaster?

“And He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.”

Psalm 106:15 

I am learning to pray differently

Lord, don’t give me the desires of my heart if it brings leanness to my soul. Give me a FAT soul, Father. Show  me how to rely more and more on Your guidance as my Generous Father.

Developing a Heavenly Mindset

As we mature in our faith, we learn to trust that God actually does know what is best. We learn from 20/20 hindsight that the things we had wanted so badly would have brought a disaster of sorts. In other words–leanness to our soul. There is a remedy in God’s Word.

“Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above and not on earthly things”

Colossians 3:1

A Story: A Man in Need

A man was handed money from a friend. He didn’t look surprised. His friend asked why.The man needed money for his car. He had three jobs, but it was not enough so he could fix his car. He didn’t tell anyone his problem. Believing God would take care of him one way or another, he reasoned out what his options were, and prayed. “I could take the bus but I’d have to give up one job. I could walk but I’d have to give up two jobs. But, if YOU – GOD — gave me $100 I could fix my car, and keep all three jobs.” He set his mind on things above and not on his problems.

So he told his friend: “When you handed me the $100, I knew I could fix my car and keep all three jobs.”

Love the Lord with ALL your heart

The man had trusted his Generous Father to work out the details and the answer was obvious when the answer came. We, too, should never be SURPRISED when God answers our prayers. The man hadn’t told anyone his problem. He was willing to accept any of those options. When  we trust God, He provides in unusual ways so we know without a doubt that our generous Father provides for our needs.

Let’s love the Lord with all your heart. Believe Him! Trust Him! He will not let you/me down. Let’s be like that man. He was willing to do whatever God directed him to do.

He loved the Lord with all his heart, and he leaned not on his own understanding, but in all his ways, he acknowledged God and He—God—led his friend to give him exactly what he needed and the man could continue to provide for his family with a working car to take him to his three jobs. We ask, but then we have to do our part, too.

And sometimes, we even get to be the ANSWER to someone else’s prayers. Cool!  (That is a “Love your neighbor as yourself” kinda faith!)

A S K

  • Ask (in prayer)
  • Seek (with action)
  • Knock (with action)

KLU GIB (Keep Looking Up. God Is Big!)

Until next time…

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