By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: March 3, 2017
From Series: Hop, Skip, and a Jump
Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.
We don’t ask a plumber for legal advice. For health-related concerns, we don’t schedule an appointment with an accountant. We don’t call the police (hopefully) when our child is making bad grades. Instead, we ask the right questions to the right people to get the right answers. And sometimes in leadership, we have to ask tough, pointed, and uncomfortable questions in addition to receiving certain answers that we don’t want to hear. Nonetheless, we must always go for the A.S.K. — always seeking knowledge. However, there are two main reasons we don’t ask questions, and the first is pride. The moment it enters the equation, God exits, because pride is the forerunner of all sins. When we’re on the ride of pride, we cannot seem to admit that we don’t know everything and we don’t have all the answers. The second reason is fear. We’re afraid of exposing weakness. And once we know the answer, we may have to make some changes. God wants us to ask questions. Learning is a lifelong process, and in fact, many of us are just two to three questions away from a breakthrough.
Humans are finite and limited. God is infinite and limitless. So, there are countless questions only He can answer. James 1:5 says, “If you need wisdom ASK our generous GOD, and He will give it to you”. And, not only will He give us wisdom, He blesses us for asking! Proverbs 3:13 states, “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding”. But here’s the caveat, when Jesus says, “I will do whatever you ask in My name” it doesn’t mean that we have a genie God always on standby to grant our every desire. If we want Him to respond to our interests, we must first be devoted to His. Remember, even Jesus yielded to His Father’s will in prayer. When we align our will with His, He will respond in amazing ways. We will never grow intellectually, spiritually, or otherwise, if we can’t humble ourselves enough to always keep on asking!
Pray through Psalm 25:4-5, “Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long”.
There is a treasure trove of wisdom found in Proverbs 3. Read the chapter and journal the words or phrases that especially stand out to you.
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