Do you and I as believers have the right to ask God for anything? Can we be so bold as to burst into the family room of heaven and pour out our hearts to Him without fear or intimidation? Or have we been so duped by religion that we should fear repercussion if we don’t ask right or we have not lived up to a level that some people think we should live up to?
One of my favorite passages from God’s word is found in the book of 1 John. The writer is the disciple that cared for Jesus’ mother following the crucifixion. The disciple who was exiled to an island called Patmos and penned the marvelous book of Revelation. Towards the end of the New Testament there are three small books that bear his name and his penmanship. But he places a word in a verse that many a person lacks inside their life. Here is how John begins the fourteenth verse of the fifth chapter. He writes, “And this is the confidence that we have in him,…”. Did you catch that simple word “confidence”. It literally means, “freedom in speaking, open, frank, without concealment, free and fearless confidence,cheerful courage or boldness”. Oh wow, what an insight John gives me to allow us to come into the presence of a Heavenly father with that kind of attitude and gain an audience with not the President, nor the Queen of England, but the Ruler of the universe!
But, honestly how many of us have that kind of confidence? Has not religion painted an entirely different picture of God for you and me? Do you have a mental picture of God sitting on His throne with some type of giant legal pad in his hand placing check marks by our names when we mess up and erasing them when we get it right? To be honest I still struggle with the fact that He has chosen me. I can understand him wanting to punish me and disciple me, but chosen? Sometimes that is more than my mind can comprehend at times. Yet He has! It honestly does not matter how I see myself or even how I feel about myself. What is true is the word of God. And it declares that you and I have been chosen and placed into a huge family where every one of us are on equal footing.
I think Joel Hemphill song writer and singer got the picture right when he wrote a song sung by many in the church world. We have perhaps sung it our self or listen to the lyrics. Just the first verse and chorus is enough to get across what I want to declare to everyone of us today.
“Consider the lilies, they don’t toil nor spin And there’s not a king with more splendor than them. Consider the sparrows, they don’t plant nor sow, But they’re fed by the Master who watches them grow.
We have a Heavenly Father above With eyes so full of mercy And a heart full of love. He really cares when Your head is bowed low. Consider the lilies and then you will know”.
I write to someone today struggling inside their life with issues, problems, circumstances, mountains, financial worries, job, stress, fear, or a whole host of other things that are going on. Are you a child of God? Our Heavenly father does not act like our earthly father has acted whether good or bad. There are no bad days in heaven. There is never a ting of moodiness with God. He is always the same. Always for us, always believing in us, always on our side, always providing more than we are willing to reach out and take.
Let’s stop acting like we are orphans. It is time to step up to the plate. Come with confidence to our God who has the ability to make wrongs right, reverse death, stop enemies, and provide for us that which we have need of. Come with confidence. He waits with excitement for us to do just that!!!!