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Originally written July 2, 2013
Matthew 7:9 – spoken by Jesus, “7) Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8) For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened.”
You may say, “Well, that’s not true – I asked for the job I put an application in for and I didn’t even get an interview.” or you may say, “I asked God to help me find a husband, that was over two years ago.”
The scripture doesn’t say it will be given to you immediately, not even quickly actually. What it does say is that it will be given – we must have faith. I believe the first whine, ‘I didn’t get the job I applied for’ is explained in the next two verses, also spoken by Jesus. “9) Which of you if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10) Or if he asks for a fish will give him a snake? 11) If you do then you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
We have a loving and caring God. We must train ourselves that what may seem like unanswered prayers are prayers answered for our true benefit!
Second day – Follow-up
Would you give your child a snake – even a non-poisonous snake? I know I wouldn’t! Even if the snake you gave them could actually cause no harm, could it not cause your precious one to grow familiar with snakes? Perhaps then, when a deadly snake came near, wouldn’t they be much more likely to reach for it, hold it, and possibly lose their life?
I believe sometimes we unknowingly ask God for snakes – perhaps non-poisonous snakes, but a snake none the less. We have to treat God’s will as just that, GOD’S WILL! Often times we pray for God’s will, but we may actually still strongly desire OUR WILL. We may even get upset, discouraged, even mad at God for not giving us our desire, even though He knew it to be a snake.
I have prayed for jobs, really wanted relationships to work, or some similar wish of mine that I prayed for – adding, of course ‘if it be Your will’. Well, when it wasn’t His will, I’ve grumbled, whined, even questioned the Almighty God’s decisions. After some time passes, though, more often than not I have seen where IF those things had been awarded me, it would not have been so great. Or better yet, God has a way of saying, “No, not this, but THAT!” You can believe that the THAT God has for us is so much better than our ‘this’ could have ever been.