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Matthew 7:7-11, Luke 11:13, Jeremiah 29:11-14, James 1:5-6
Text: Matthew 7:7-11, Luke 11:13, Jeremiah 29:11-14, James 1:5-6
“How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
– Matthew 7:11b
Last Friday night we took our kids out for dinner. (Super fun, right?) We were too stuffed for dessert, but when you go to the Cheesecake Factory and don’t order cheesecake, I’m pretty sure a puppy dies somewhere or an angel loses its wings (or, at least you save yourself the burden of burning an additional 5,000 calories the following week…). Either way, we ordered a couple of slices to-go, with a secret plan to make a fun memory with the kids later that night.
It was already super late and almost an hour past the kids’ bedtime when we rolled back into town, and my oldest (he’s seven) was getting super concerned that his fun evening was about to come to an abrupt end. (My kids are constantly reminding me of the way I behave with my Heavenly Father—like a child. It’s so stinking humbling.)
He fretted and squirmed the whole ride home, even when we told him we had something fun in mind and encouraged him to trust us—he just couldn’t. He made himself miserable worrying about the cheesecake and bedtime and whatever it is seven-year-olds worry about.
Even if you’re an adult, my guess is you can identify with this, at least a little.
The plan, however, was way better than he could have asked or imagined. Bedtime would have been a perfectly practical choice, but all along, Ryan and I planned to park in our little downtown, find a pretty place to sit, and enjoy a ridiculously late-night cheesecake feast with the kids by the light of the moon.
It was a pretty killer plan.
It was the plan all along.
Any amount of fretting and whining our kids did the whole trip home—when they were sure they were going straight to bed—didn’t change that we planned, and wanted to give them, a sweet experience—not because of their good behavior (heh), but because they’re our children, and we wanted to give them a good gift.
“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!”
Luke 11:13, ESV
It’s so awesomely true. “As bad as you are… you’re at least decent to your own children.” (Matthew 7:11, MSG).
We have some pretty big ideas of how our lives should go. We feel pretty strongly about what we don’t want to happen, and we’re perfectly willing to spend our entire lives fretting and fussing and not trusting that—whatever it is—God is for us.
He wants to give us bread and fish and moonlit cheesecake picnics. (He also wants to give us appropriate bedtimes and vegetables!). Jesus knew His disciples were going to need righteousness, purity, unity, wisdom and humility and more to carry out the work that was coming, and He’s telling them (and us!), “Just ask! It’s all yours!”
He has, after all, a pretty killer plan.
And it has been His plan all along!
– Sisters, do you lack wisdom? Read James 1:5 and ASK the Father for it right now!
– Is there something else you need in order to carry out the Father’s work? Do you trust that He will equip you with every supply? Make a list of your needs and talk to God about them!