I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8 (NIV)
Come And Ask
Come and ask. Come and ask for what? Come and ask for directions. Come and ask for teaching. Come and ask for instructions. Come and ask for counsel and guidance. I have my eye on you. I know exactly what you need. I know exactly what I want to teach you. I know exactly where I want you to go. I know exactly what I want you to do. Do you know any of these things with absolute certainty? No, I do not know.
What would prevent you from coming to ask me for all that you need in life? Do you think I would withhold my wisdom and instruction from you when you ask? No, I do not think you would withhold any good thing you want to give me. Do you believe that I want to instruct, teach, counsel and guide you as you go through life? Yes, I’m positive that you want to do all this and even more for me. Yes, I do.
What do you think that I want from you? Under what circumstances will you not receive all that I want to give to you? What would prevent you from coming to me? You want us to live in a relationship with each other. You want me to come to you to ask you for all that I need. You want me to rely on you for your help. You want me to know that your hand is on me and that you are blessing my life. You want me to receive absolutely everything you want to give to me. You don’t want me to miss out on even one good thing that you have prepared for me. You want to do things in and through my life that only you can do. In this way my life will give honor and glory to you. You have all this right so far. You haven’t yet told me what might prevent you from coming to me to rely on me. I can think of a couple reasons why I haven’t come to you in the past. Go ahead and tell me why you haven’t come to me. They are not good reasons. I would never claim that I had good reasons for not coming to you. I’m listening. My pride and independence has prevented me from coming to you. I have thought that I knew it all and really did not need your help. Were you right? No, I have been absolutely wrong. I need all the help that you will give to me. What are you learning? I am learning to lay down my pride and independence so that I can come to fully rely on you. That is a very good lesson, isn’t it? Yes, it is. What else has prevented you from coming to me to rely on me? Sometimes, knowing my own sinfulness has made me not want to come to you. I have felt so unworthy and unclean and unable to come into your presence. That is not good. In those moments what have you forgotten? I have forgotten that I have been made worthy, clean and able to come before you. Why is that? Your Son, Jesus Christ paid for my sin. He has forgiven and cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. He has made me able to come into your presence. Yes, He has done all that for you. Do you have any other reasons why you have not come to me to ask for all that you need? No, I do not. Then you have no good reason to not come to me, do you? No, I do not. Will you come to me to receive all that I want to give to you? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I will not be stubborn or filled with pride. You will have no need to convince me to come to you. I welcome you to instruct, teach, counsel and guide me. I am relying on you to be with me to help and watch over my life as I follow you. Amen
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