“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” – Luke 11:9-10
God delights in giving good gifts to His children, yet we must make sure that we are asking for things from God and not from life itself. Without a humble surrender to our Lord and ability to acknowledge that only He truly knows what is best for us, we can easily find ourselves in a place of looking to the world for fulfillment instead of finding satisfaction from the One who created the universe.
The world we live in today tells us that we must “Keep up with the Joneses,” or if you live in Southern California as I do, we are told to “Keep up with the Hiltons!” We live in a constant state of comparison, which is fueled by the media telling us we must look a certain way, drive a certain car, live in a certain home, make a certain amount of money and gain social recognition if we want to be happy and fulfilled. The problem is … it’s all a lie. In a time where much of the world is seeking happiness and fulfillment in things and money and accomplishments, it’s no wonder people are more unhappy and unfulfilled than ever before.
The “Law of Attraction” and “You Create Your Own Reality” new age nonsense that the world is throwing at us is diametrically opposed to God’s word, which tells us only God is the Creator. No friends, you cannot create your own reality, no matter how much you focus your imagination, or make vision boards or repeat positive affirmations. You can however be so worldly focused that you attract demonic involvement in your life to throw you off course, keep you out of God’s will and continue to trap you in deception. See an older post I did titled “There is No Such Thing As Coincidence” for more on this topic.
God’s word tells us that when we are a part of God’s family, we don’t always get what we want, we get what we need and God ALWAYS knows best:
“You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” – James 4:3
We should be concerned if we always get everything we want. I’m sure your momma told you too that “Life isn’t always fair.” And just like she didn’t want a spoiled brat for a child, God certainly doesn’t either. He knows our hearts and minds and can see our motives. The Bible does tell us that if we “Delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts,” but we mustn’t forget the first part! Delight ourselves in the LORD! He is our ultimate refuge and we should always seek Him, not seek simply things from Him, and certainly not seek from the world.
“If you ask for things from life instead of from God, you ask amiss, i.e., you ask from a desire for self-realization. The more you realize yourself the less will you seek God.” – Oswald Chambers
This is the crux of the issue, the more we gain from life, the less we typically seek God. I believe without any shadow of a doubt that when get to dwell in the presence of our Lord in heaven we will find that “the first will be last and the last will be first” (Matthew 20:16), and we will find that many who had massive worldly success were quite low on the totem pole of faith, and often the poorest and most humble of God’s children in the earthly realm are the ones with the most abundant faith. After all, living a life of lack requires much more faith in God than living a life of luxury.
In closing, let’s try to always remember to seek after God, not simply after His blessings. Let us remember to always ask from God, and not just from life, not just from the world, and if we do ask from God and He responds with a “No,” let us remember that Papa knows best.
If you are one of God’s precious children experiencing a life of hardship and loss, challenge and tribulation, just remember that for the believer, life on this earth is the only hell we will every experience, yet for the unbeliever life on this earth is the only heaven they will ever experience. One day God will set all things right.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
Do you find yourself ever asking from life instead of asking from God? How can you be sure He is the main focus of your pursuit?