My wife Allison and I have been parents for a little over two months to our son Elijah and what a wonderful journey it has been! I remember leaving the hospital questioning the judgment of the employees to let us take him home when we felt like we had no clue what we were doing. Why would they trust these new, inexperienced parents to be able to take care of this fragile little baby? I have discovered that despite not knowing what you are doing, love carries you through. Love compels you to read article after article to make sure your baby is safe. Love gives you strength through those sleepless nights where you just want to make sure he is breathing okay. We are far from knowing what we are doing, but when we look at our baby we would do anything to keep him safe and help him grow. We want the absolute best for him and I am sure that most parents feel that way about their children.
With that perspective, read the following scripture from Matthew 7:7-11. “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 the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are 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!” We, as sinful parents, know to give Elijah milk when he is hungry. We know to change him when he is dirty. When he cries out we try to figure out his need and then provide for it. If we can do that, can’t we trust that our amazing God will hear our cries and give us what we need? Doesn’t God’s love for His children far surpass any amount of love we could ever give? He sent His own Son to die on a cross in our place as a demonstration of that love. It is amazing that God loves us so, but since He loves us we should trust that He will provide what we need.
Do you think that the Lord knows what we need most in our church? Do you think that He wants to see our local body bring glory to His name? Let us seek Him wholeheartedly with the utmost trust and pray that God would provide for us individually and corporately. He is a good Father and He will graciously give us what we need.
It’s a joy to serve with you all,