Expecting Big Things from God
As Navigators we probably all know Ephesians 3:20: “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine….” And most of us have no trouble claiming and believing “a little one shall become a thousand” when it applies to spiritual reproduction. In this regard, we expect great things from God.
But how do we do when believing God for our material needs and funding? It can be a little harder, can’t it? Yet, it is the same God we look to for these needs.
Matthew 7:9-11 has meant a lot to me in my years of living on support. In it, Jesus asks a very pointed question: “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish will give him a snake? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (emphasis added).
When Liza (my wife) and her sister were young, Liza’s mom and dad tried to give the girls three things at Christmas: something they asked for, something they needed, and, when possible, something they only dreamed of.
What a great description of what I suspect God loves to do for His children—give us what we need, what we ask for and, in many cases, something we only dream of!
You may know how much fun it is to give a gift to a young child. It’s pure joy. I believe with all my soul that our heavenly Father is just as thrilled when he sees the delight in our eyes and hearts when he gives us things we’ve only dreamed of.
Now, I have had lean years, even painful years, in my journey with the Lord. Liza and I had next to nothing when we started our marriage 32 years ago. But God has been exceedingly good to us—not because we deserve it, but because he delights to thrill the hearts of his children.
What are we believing God for and what are we asking him for? Why not ask Him to give you something you’ve only dreamed of?
By Bob Seibert, Interim MPD Director, Midlothian, VA
Contact Bob by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.