Did You Ask For Help?
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8
Have you ever been in the kitchen when there was a sink full of dishes, and you need to cook? It is hard to know where to start. You have to start cooking, but in order to go forward you have to clean up. So you look at the sink, take out the dishes, and one dish at a time and you begin to clean them until you are done. Of course, you could start cooking first, but eventually you would need the sink for washing off a utensil, or even washing off the food before you cook it, so without starting from the beginning you would be in a quandary. This is how life is for many of us. We have so many things in front of us often we don’t know where to start, and we often try to get things moving and going before we have cleaned up what we have in front of us, which is usually a mess. We need wisdom, and guidance from God.
There is not a day I wake up with nothing to do. Like you, I imagine you are short of time, way more often than you are short of things to fill it. Deadlines, to do lists, work, church, family, and life there is always something, or someone who needs and wants your attention. Without God’s infinite wisdom, you can easily get pulled into a place where you begin to do the things you think you need to do, instead of the things that have the best overall outcome. For instance, only God knows when those last precious moments with our loved ones are near, or when our lives are going to be full, and other things are going to demand our attention. Only the power of God, and the comfort of God can take us to new places, and can give us the strength we need to go through those days of promise, but no outward appearance. In life, you need God to teach you how to be patient and how to look to Him in all situations and trust Him when we understand what He is doing and when we don’t.
There is a problem though, and this is what it is, us. You and I are independent and impatient, and we are used to feeling as if we should be able to handle it all because that is what most of us were taught, but we can’t. We need God!
In the scripture above Jesus reminds us that we have help, that you and I, can call on Him, and that we can count on Him. If we seek Him, we will find Him if we ask Him, He will come. He is there and waiting.
I’ll admit it is easy to get bombarded by life we live in a society that changes constantly where we are asked to do more and more, with less and less time to accomplish the tasks. You can choose to pull yourself into the move and work of God.
There is a discipline that is often missing from the lives of Christians, and that is remembering that God can and will help us, especially if we ask. He wants to help us order our lives, and He wants to direct our steps. His desire is to teach us how to navigate the push and pull of life, and He wants to show us how we can do it, His way. God has the ability to show us how to live this life, His way, and He can take us into the direction that we should go. We just have to be willing to go with His leading and guiding.
Today start cleaning up that sink full of dishes, give that mess over to God, and start asking for His guidance and direction every day. Tell Him the truth, there is no way in the world that you can or you want to live this life without His help. Make a habit of sitting before God and asking Him to help you make the right turns and create the right actions, in Him and with His power.