10 October 2019
You say harsh things about me, says the Lord. You ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ You say, ‘It is useless to serve God; what is the good of keeping his commands or of walking mournfully before the Lord of Hosts? Now we have reached the point when we call the arrogant blessed; yes, they prosper, these evil-doers; they try God’s patience and yet go free.’ This is what those who fear the Lord used to say to one another. But the Lord took note and heard them: a book of remembrance was written in his presence recording those who fear him and take refuge in his name. On the day which I am preparing, says the Lord of Hosts, they are going to be my own special possession. I will make allowances for them as a man makes allowances for the son who obeys him. Then once again you will see the difference between an upright man and a wicked one, between the one who serves God and the one who does not serve him. For the day is coming now, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and the evil-doers will be like stubble. The day that is coming is going to burn them up, says the Lord of Hosts, leaving them neither root nor stalk. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing in its rays.
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him in the middle of the night to say, “My friend, lend me three loaves, because a friend of mine on his travels has just arrived at my house and I have nothing to offer him”; and the man answers from inside the house, “Do not bother me. The door is bolted now, and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up to give it you.” I tell you, if the man does not get up and give it him for friendship’s sake, persistence will be enough to make him get up and give his friend all he wants.
‘So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. What father among you would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or hand him a snake instead of a fish? Or hand him a scorpion if he asked for an egg? If you then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’
Persistence will be enough to make him get up
I have been reflecting on the same message in recent months.
I have been self-employed for about the last five years, and a few months ago, I had started thinking about returning to corporate life. This passage in Luke came to mind and I began praying in earnest. I was pleasantly surprised when soon after, a friend told me about a job her company was looking for. She told me I was the perfect fit!
The job did not happen. While there was a fit, there were other factors that blocked the interview from happening. I was disappointed; I thought the Lord would answer my prayer on that new job. I had prayed and fervently. I was saddened but decided to put it behind me.
I came to terms with what happened one day when I was out with my family. I had asked my son what he wanted to have for lunch and he asked to have some chocolates and chips. I found myself frowning at this and suggested to him instead of junk food, he should have a proper, healthy lunch.
That was when it hit me. Many times, we look at God and treat Him like he is our personal ‘fairy godmother’ or ATM. We think that, under the parable of the persistent friend in Luke, that God would give us whatever we wanted. Instead, what if what we asked for was not the best for us? I am confident that whatever God does, He does what is best for us, including protecting ourselves from our own bad decisions.
Let us learn to trust in God and let Him take control.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Paul Wee)
Prayer: Help us, Father, to have complete trust in You. Help us to allow You to take full control of our lives.
Thanksgiving: Thank You for Your love and for wanting to give us what is best for us. We are grateful Father, for Your love for us.