I recently saw a Facebook post that said, “I wish I was a billionaire.” Of course, I ‘liked’ it. How couldn’t I?
Money is most likely the number one argument couples have. Even if you have a great job and live in a comfortable home, more money would always be helpful.
To be clear, money is NOT the root of all evil. It is the love of money that is bad. (See 1Timothy 6:10)
So, as I was contemplating today’s topic on ‘ask and you shall receive’, I figured that asking God to make me a billionaire was probably not the smartest thing to do.
God hasn’t promised us financial freedom or security, but He has promised to provide for us.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:31-32
But…did you see the caveat? “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Hmmm.
Asking God for everything in our lives is downright smart. But being wise about our requests is MUCH smarter.
Plus, God isn’t some genie in a bottle that provides every wish to our command. He is an omnipotent power that wants our full attention, not just our wish list!
Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. Matthew 22:36-38
This means we are to give ourselves completely to our Heavenly Father! WOW. He doesn’t ask much, huh?!?!?
The great news is that when we courageously submit and obey God, we will be completely wrapped in His protection.
I would dare say that most of us do this only a small percentage of the time and then get angry when all of our prayers aren’t answered to our liking.
Thank goodness God has provided a way for us to be cleansed of our sins and to make us right with Him and that is through His son, Jesus Christ.
When we ask Jesus Christ to be our savior, rock and redeemer – God delivers us from the punishment we deserve.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. … Romans 8: 1-39
So, beware of what you ask for and why you are asking for it. Because there is something to be said about unanswered prayers…just listen to that song by Garth Brooks.
My best advice today is for each of us to ask God for His desires, His will and His courage to be the people He wants us to be!
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 13:11 – Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.