What Shall We Ask God To Do?

by Khaleef Crumbley on June 16, 2013

in Devotion

Each Sunday, I try to post a devotional thought for you to meditate on. Sometimes it will be something out of my own studies and prayers. Other times – like today – it will be from another source.

Today, I am posting an encouragement about our ability to trust God to do for us whatever is necessary to cause our spiritual growth by J.R. Miller courtesy of Grace Gems:

(J.R. Miller, “The Glory of the Commonplace”)

God's Grace

We do not know what we should pray for as we oughtRomans 8:26

A minister sat with a father and mother by the bed of a child, who was hovering between life and death. He was about to pray for the little sufferer, and turning to the parents he asked, “What shall we ask God to do?” After some moments the father answered, with deep emotion: “I would not dare to choose. Leave it to God.”

Would it not be better always to leave the decision to God, letting Him choose what it is best for Him to do for us or to give to us? We are not in the world to always have ease and pleasure, to always succeed, to do great things–we are here to grow into strength and beauty of life and character, to accomplish the will of God, and to have that will wrought out in our own life. Ofttimes . . .
the present must be sacrificed for the future,
the earthly given up to gain the Heavenly, and
pain endured for the sake of spiritual refining and enriching.
Christ does not seek to take away the burden–rather, He would make us strong and brave to bear it.

If we are willing to let God choose for us, and accept what He gives–we shall never fail to receive the best. Perhaps not what the world would call the best–but always God’s best. We do not know what we should pray for as we ought, and we had better leave it to God.

We should be content to leave the guidance and choices of our lives in His hands. Think how wise He is–knowing all things, knowing how to choose the best for us. Who does not know that this is better, safer, wiser than if we were to choose the way for ourselves?

The truest prayer is ofttimes that in which we creep into the bosom of God and rest there in silence. We do not know what to ask, and we dare not say even a word, lest it might be the wrong word, hence we simply wait before God in quietness and confidence. We know that what is best–our Father will do, and we trust Him to do what He will.

We are sure that God could relieve us of the things which are so hard for us to bear–could, if He desired to. This is God’s world, and nothing can get out of His hands. All we have to do is to lay our need before the throne of mercy, and to let God answer us as He will.

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1 A Blinkin

Khaleef-

I am curious to know your thoughts on something, keeping the message of this post (which I like) in mind.

I worked at a bank several years ago and would constantly see people with financial hardships. Most of the time, I would listen to their stories and then, together, we would come up with a plan to “dig themselves out of the hole.” Most of the time, the plan would include finding sources of income, consolidating debt, cutting back in some areas, etc.

There were some customers that found themselves in dire situations, but they still managed to be optimistic, primarily because of their strong faith. It both frustrated me and impressed me at the same time. It impressed me because, as a Christian, I don’t think it’s possible to trust God “too much.” But, it frustrated me because it seemed like they were simply waiting for answers and direction while taking no initiative or action.

How would you advise someone that I described above? I am asking you because it seems like you have found a balance.

Thanks,
A

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2 Matt Becker

I had an extremely similar experience with a particular client I worked with while volunteering as a financial coach for low-income city residents. This one woman was completely underwater and was basically day to day in terms of financial survival. It was amazingly stressful trying to help her out, but the one thing that really stood out above all else was her faith and optimism. Despite her repeated and ongoing mistakes, her attitude was constantly positive and she always just figured that things would work out. Like A describes, this was both maddeningly frustrating and amazingly inspirational at the same time. I was never totally sure how to deal with it, so I just tried to stay as practical as possible in terms of dealing with one thing at a time. We eventually went our separate ways, so I don’t know how she turned out.

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3 Khaleef Crumbley

Yeah, situations like that can be extremely frustrating. I think that when we approach problems in this way, it comes from the mistake that faith and planning are opposed to one another. Actually, the bible is very clear that hard work and planning should be done in conjunction with our faith in order to have God bless a situation. You see it even with people refusing medical attention or insurance because they think it shows a lack of faith in God.

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4 Khaleef Crumbley

I can definitely see how that would be impressive and frustrating at the same time.

I would show them the many passages in the bible which show that hard work, discipline, saving, record keeping, investing, and other active financial management principles are all expected from us as stewards of God’s resources. Even the parable of the talents (where this blog gets its name) shows that God expects us to use and invest that which He provides to us. While we shouldn’t worry about our basic needs because God has promised to provide them, He usually does so through us faithfully using all of the resources and situations that He makes available. Our faith comes in to play by us believing that by doing these things in a godly manner, and keeping the kingdom first, God will bless us with what we need.

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