James 1:5-6 – If you need wisdom — if you want to know what God wants you to do — ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. (NLT)
Recently I went on a camping trip to a local State Park. After arriving at my campsite and getting set up, I settled down to a warm fire, and got ready to toast some marshmallows. Looking up at one of the mountain ranges surrounding the park, I saw a couple of people who were hang-gliding off one of the cliffs. I thought to myself, what fun it would be to do that, and wished that I could go and join them. But what kind of person would go and do this without proper training before? No intelligent person would.
So, in reference to our scripture passage today, do you think that these verses are implying that God, our Heavenly Father, gives us whatever we ask for? The key to this passage of scripture comes in an earlier book:
Matthew 7:11 – Your Father in heaven gives what is good to those who ask Him.
God always gives what is good, not what we think is good or right for us. Just as I did not go and join the hang-gliders without seeking prior instruction first, so God does not give gifts to His children that will cause them harm. I believe that God desires that we ask in faith, believing Him, because this is the only logical thing to do. We need to trust that whatever answer God gives is the best answer, even if we don't understand it at the time.
We need to put it in His hands and then let go. Let's exercise our faith and trust God, not try second-guess Him.
Prayer: Father God, only You know what is good and not good for our lives. Today we give full control of our lives to you. May only the things that bring You glory be evident in our lives. Father, we praise Your Holy name and trust You by faith. Amen.