Once upon a time I went in search of a thumbtack at our house. You know, it's the kind of thing you see all the time until you need one. I searched in the first logical place I could think of, a space in our kitchen known as the drawer of "misfits."
I did locate the long-lost lint brush, a baggie of seashells, full can of bug spray, half of a flashlight, broken watch band, rubber bands, dried up air freshener refills, a deck of cards, a showerhead, clothespins, chop sticks and a key chain sporting a shiny plastic disco globe.
But ... NO thumbtack.
I was not in an exploring mood at the time, so in exasperation I called out, "Now Father God, YOU know where a THUMBTACK is. I just need ONE. Thank you."
Now earlier that morning the Lord had put it on my heart to take my mom a few fresh flowers from the bouquet I had just purchased. A check in the cabinet under the kitchen sink revealed a slender glass vase perfect for mom’s living space.
The vase was dingy, so I did a quick rinse job, and as I glanced down into the sink, I found ONE tack that had fallen out of the vase. I have no idea how it got there.
Come on, ONE thumbtack. With a huge smile on my face, I said, "Appreciate that, Papa God."
I get just as excited over "little reminders" like this as the "bigger" blessings.
You know, so many times I have heard it preached to us to be faithful in the little things that God has entrusted to us so God can trust us with bigger things. And I believe that.
But I also believe the same thing can be said of Him toward us. We need to learn how to trust Him in the "little" things because then we can trust and believe Him for the "bigger" things.
This is what "exercising" our faith looks like. We have to start somewhere.
I think it's almost like we feel that He's too busy, and we'll just "bother" him when it's something REALLY big.
How long had I searched for that little need before I asked God to help? I am certainly not doing this perfectly; many times I have to stop and remind myself to engage His help.
And here's something else. I think people are afraid of what His answer is going to be if they do ask. When things don't work out I have often heard this "explanation" from people, "Well, sometimes God's answer is ‘no.’"
I also believe that sometimes this can be true if we are asking for something outside of His will. Right now many of you might be thinking, "See, there's that "mystery" zone again." But what does God actually tell us?
"For the Son of God, Jesus Christ … was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For ALL the promises of God IN HIM ARE YES, and IN HIM AMEN, to the GLORY of God THROUGH US ... " 2 Cor. 1:19- 22.
In His sovereignty He chooses to work through people.
Back to the vase – What if I chose to ignore His leading to take my mom some flowers? Would the tack still be in the vase? Yes. But would I have found it at that exact time of need? No. Whose fault is that?
What if someone is asking God for something, like healing in their body, but they are refusing to believe that God heals people today or that a Christian has the authority to command/cast that sickness out like Jesus taught us to do?
Does that mean God's promises in His word are no good? Or that it wasn't His will to see that person healed? No. It just means they won't be able to receive it. So many times Jesus answered such questions referring to our faith or belief. God does not sovereignly heal people, but He did sovereignly provide for it.
There is so much more I could say here about this, but time and space is short.
Search the scriptures and if it is in His promises, then the answer is always "YES" from His side and "Amen" in agreement. Find out what Jesus did and IN HIM are all of God's promises fulfilled. " ... by whose stripes we WERE healed." 1 Peter 2:24. "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in ALL things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." 3 John. 1:2
He loves you so much; just be willing to open up your heart and receive His goodness.
Look for His treasure in earthen vases ... I mean vessels.
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