ASK, GOD LOVES TO HELP.

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ASK, GOD LOVES TO HELP.

We have spent the last few days looking at sayings that the world abuses. Through that study, we have come back time and again to this passage.

“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.” Matthew 7:7-8

Indeed, we should ask. And as the Amplified tells us, ask and keep on asking, knock and keep on knocking, seek and keep on seeking; because this is our Father’s nature.

“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:9-11

But I’d like us to pause for a moment today and consider this; will we ask?

Do we like to ask of others? Do we like to seek help? Do we like to knock on doors? We don’t, do we? Think about it. If you were having trouble at home, would you readily seek help from a marriage counselor? If you were having trouble getting through to your kids, would you readily knock on the door of a parenting coach? If you had financial trouble, would you readily ask for help from those around you?

But why do we not want to? It seems silly to struggle on our own, doesn’t it? Yet, we would rather do that than go looking for help, simply because we imagine that those who are able to render us the assistance we need, would look at us with disapproving eyes, treat us with condescension and rub salt into our already burning wounds.

Now, I say ‘we imagine’ because in reality, things really aren’t the way they are in our heads. I mean, would you look down on your brother if he comes to you for a loan? If your job is to help couples in trouble, would you think any less of one who comes to you? Would you treat a parent with condescension if he asks you for advice on how to bring up and get through to his child? You really wouldn’t, would you?

But our egos blind us and hoodwink us into thinking that just because we don’t have it all together in that area of our lives, we are worthless, perfect objects for derision.

Now, it could very well be that you actually had an experience where you were looked down upon when you went for help. It could really be that you were derided for not having it all together. Well, people are like that. But is God like that? Should we use our human experience and extrapolate that to His love? Let’s find out.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

Let me first address the elephant in the room. Yes, it says ‘wisdom’; not finances, not help in marriage, not career advice; wisdom. But think about it, isn’t wisdom what you really need?

Without the wisdom of stewardship, even if God drops a mountain of gold on your lap, you’ll squander it and end up where you started. Without the wisdom of understanding each other and what the problem was, even if God wipes off all memory of past deeds from your spouse’s mind, you’ll still commit the same mistakes and end yourselves up in the same place. Without the wisdom of reading situations and making wise decisions at work, even if God made you CEO of the world’s largest conglomerate, you’d be sacked in a month.

So let’s not nitpick on what gifts this passage applies to and what it does not, and look instead at the nature in which the help is given. And in due course, you will realize why we should always run to our Father for help.

Now then, notice how God gives? That’s right, liberally and without reproach. Or in another words, God

“…gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame…” James 1:5 [AMP]

Indeed, God is the one

“…[Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding,…” James 1:5 [AMPC]

He’s not going to beat you down. He’s not going to give you the disapproving look. He’s not going to make fun of you. He’s not going to scold you for messing things up.

Liberally, generously, without reproach, rebuke or blame, ungrudgingly and with no faultfinding; that is how God gives.

And don’t think that God only does this for His elect few, His favorites, His preferiti. No, the Bible is very clear, He gives to all and everyone. And this is the only condition that He attaches to it.

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting,…” James 1:6

Or putting it more completely,

“But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help],…” James 1:6 [AMP]

He just doesn’t want you to doubt Him. And why would you? Jesus Himself told 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.” Matthew 7:7-8

Because “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

But you know, the real reason why God doesn’t want you to doubt Him, is not because it hurts His ego; but because when you doubt Him, you won’t stay the course and wait for His deliverance. You will wander off at the first sign of trouble. It is little wonder than that James puts it like this.

“People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves.” James 1:6 [MSG]

Know what ‘wind-whipped waves’ are like?

“…the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6 [AMPC]

When troubles come, you get swayed. Bad thoughts start coming into your mind. ‘Maybe God didn’t hear me’, ‘Maybe God doesn’t care’, ‘Maybe I’m not good enough for God to care’. It’s a bit like this.

A couple just started dating and are getting to know one another, so they still don’t really know just what makes the other tick.

One day, the guy, as always, sends the girl a text. But this time, the girl, who usually responds within the minute, still hasn’t responded after an hour. Now, here’s what happens when he gets tossed about by the wind.

First, a thought enters the guy’s head, ‘maybe she’s already bored of me.’

This thought then triggers the emotional response of confusion, because there were no signs that suggested this prior to today; and dejection, because this is the third girl that has treated him like this.

These emotions trigger a physiological response. His heart rate goes up from the anxiety, he starts to perspire because of the increased blood flow, his body recognizes these signs from the last relationship and it triggers the unpleasant memories of last relationship.

So to prevent all those bad things from happening to him again, he decides to tell the girl, after not hearing from her for an hour and a half, that it is over between them because she has lost her heart for him. The thought has just come full circle and resulted in an action.

Meanwhile, the tech boffins over at the telco just fixed the dispatch relay which was holding up the flow of messages and the girl, who was wondering why he never texted when he usually would, suddenly gets the flood of messages from the guy. Imagine how she feels. Oops.

But if his mind was steadfast and never doubted the fact that,

“…I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

If he stuck to his committed resolve to believe that because Jesus has promised,

“…whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

He would have been able to challenge the thought of ‘maybe she’s already bored of me’ and realize that; because he met her under miraculous circumstances, because their relationship spawned from unimaginable situations, because he specifically heard from our Father that she was ‘the one’, because she was exactly the king of girl he was praying for; that thought had no place in his mind and their life.

And because he trusts and takes refuge in our Father with hope and confident expectation that only good things will come from the relationship, he hangs on and decides not to give in to the bad thought. Now imagine how different the situation will be, once the dispatch relay got fixed? This is why God doesn’t want you to doubt.

So then, if you have a problem, ask. You can ask for anything you need, only do not doubt that our Father will give you, because Jesus made you this promise.

“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.” Matthew 7:7-8

Because “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

And when you do, you will soon realize that indeed,

“…He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.” James 1:5 [MSG]

So, “If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father.” James 1:5 [MSG]

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