Have you ever spent time asking God for some of His best gifts? By best, I mean a baby. A spouse. Healing of a relationship. Since God’s priority is and always has been people – not things – I believe He loves it when we seek Him for changes surrounding the people in our lives.
I keep coming back to this scripture:
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” – Matthew 7:7-11
Jesus was talking to His disciples here, and anyone else who cared to listen, during the Sermon on the Mount. And no, I don’t know why the answers tarry sometimes. I’ve heard it said that it builds our faith. It demonstrates our total dependence on the Lord. I can see that. I’ve also heard some say it’s all about patience. We need to wait for the right people to be in the right place at the right time for the circumstances to clear up. Makes sense.
For me, I think it has much to do with proving the character of God. Do we truly believe He has good in mind for us? When the answers don’t come on our schedule. We pass through another month without a baby to look forward to. The boss at our job continues to harangue us for things we didn’t do. For singles, our future spouse, whoever he or she may be, doesn’t announce themselves with an orchestral “Ta da!”
But this is when our faith, patience and belief in God’s eternally good nature rise to the surface. Our true colors bleed through when our strength fails. The test reveals our inner selves. Yet it’s never been about us and our abilities. We don’t have it in us to conjure up the solution. Let’s keep praying. Let’s keep praising. Let us keep asking, seeking and knocking. If we hold on, He will not fail.