Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/02/17

Now requesting from God…

Isaiah 7:10-14

 

Here, King Ahaz is at war (or about to be), and Isaiah goes out with his son to talk to him.  Among other things, Isaiah foretells Jesus’ birth, which is downright interesting.  More interesting to me though, is what God says to Ahaz.  He says, “Ask a sign of the Lord, your God.”  Ahaz says, “Ain’t going to do it.  Ain’t gonna put my Lord to the test”…ok, maybe not in those precise words, but close.  Isaiah fusses to Ahaz that now not only is Ahaz causing mortals to get exasperated (maybe Isaiah himself?), but God is up in Heaven rolling His eyes.

Why?  Because Ahaz didn’t do what God specifically asked him to do – he didn’t ask God for ANYTHING!

God genuinely wants us to ask Him for things.  He wants to know what is on our minds and hearts.  He wants us to have to put our desires into words, as much for our sakes as His.

It is a little like this.  Last Christmas, my daughter wanted the latest new toy – an electronic “pet” that would walk, talk, and do tricks.  The problem in my eyes was that she’d had toys like this in the past.  A couple , actually.  Both wound up in her personal garage sale when we moved to Covecrest, with their original batteries still working.

So Chels and I talked.  I asked why she wanted this toy (besides the Toys’R’Us flyer).  She replied, I listened, I asked some more questions, she answered…and she listened as I repeated her answers back to her word for word so I could make sure she was saying what I was hearing.  After Chelsea listened to her reasons for wanting the toy, it didn’t seem to her like the toy would make her happy in the way she’d originally thought.

I think this is what God does sometimes.  He asks us what our desires are, places a few questions in our hearts about what we think we want, then sits back and lets us hear our own answers to the questions He has raised in our hearts about our desires and wants.  Sometimes, those wants aren’t as important or as necessary as we think.

The first step, though, is to ask of God, to start that dialogue.  He truly wants us to ask;  we are His children, He wants to know what’s on our mind, and then He’ll be able to see what’s truly best for us, what we truly need for the day, what we truly need to fulfill His long-term plans for us.  He goes to work on those true needs then, like any loving Father.

SO…what need have you laid before God today?

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