“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:3
I have never been shy to ask for the things I want, and I sometimes aim big. I have a wish list I like to share with others that has things I may someday want. I don’t always receive what I ask for, but I feel it never hurts to ask.
I used to love to shop at Best Buy and look at all the new gadgets and toys. I always had my eye on something, and I had a no-interest credit card at my disposal. I walked into the store one day and a particular item caught my attention. It was called a Pocket PC and served as a Palm Pilot on steroids. My eyes grew as big as saucers, and I felt I had to have it. I showed Rebekah and she was not as excited as I was. She shrugged her shoulders and kept walking. I was not happy with this as wanted her to love this item as much as I did. She was not impressed, and I did not persuade her to buy it.
Weeks went by and I kept bringing this up to her, but she was not having it. She brought up cons to my pros and the cons weighed heavily in her favor. I eventually wore her down though, and she caved in to me purchasing the Pocket PC. I excitedly drove to the store and purchased the Pocket PC with the biggest smile on my face. I was so proud of my purchase and showed and told everyone who would give me the time of day. I soon realized that this device possessed more power than I needed, and at times I was dumbfounded as how to even use it.
In a short time, the Pocket PC made its way to a drawer that was never to be opened again. I made my no-interest payments for a longer period of time then the period of time I used that Pocket PC. That device is on my top 10 list of bad purchases, and I learned a hard lesson from that decision. I realized that not everything I want is a good thing, and it’s not always good to get everything your heart desires.
I am grateful for a God who knows best and tells us no at times. He knows that what we sometimes desire is of our own lust, and He knows it is not good for us. He knows exactly what we need, and He also knows the good desires of our heart and He blesses us with those in His time. He is well aware of the “Pocket PCs” of our lives, and He keeps us from making those top 10 mistakes.
Are you asking amiss (with wrong motives) today? Are you asking for things just to consume them for your own pleasure? Is it something you would like to have, or has it become something you must have? Are you asking for eternal things or does your prayer wish list read like a letter to the North Pole? Matthew 7:11 states, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” God is always good, even when He says no. His "no" may be the very thing keeping you from making a fatal mistake. Will you trust Him today? May we never the question the goodness of God, and may we be thankful when He says no.
Stay in the fight!