I think we all struggle at times with lack. Whether its lack of finances, patience, faith, peace, healing, security; it’s an issue everyone faces in this life from time to time. Currently, we are in a season of lack. Our business is in a transition and that makes things tight financially. It’s during these times we sit and re-evaluate what we HAVE TO HAVE versus what we WANT. It’s been a tough few weeks but I know that God is going to see us through.
As I began to think on this the last few days, a scripture came to my mind from the book of James. Anyone who has grown up in church has heard this at least 100 times in their life. “you have not because you ask not”. That is usually where the preacher stops. Just ask and you will get it. Well, let me tell you, that doesn’t always work. I felt myself struggling with this because I’ve been asking God to fix this for a while. The Lord took me on a journey through the book of James as I was searching for this scripture. What I discovered was both eye opening and mind altering. The actual context of the scripture says this:
Jame 4: 1-3 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions
Looking in the actual context of this scripture, we see that even when we ask, we may not receive because we are asking for the wrong reasons. So the reason many of us have not is because we either do not ask or when we do, we ask wrongly.
Let’s look at what we’ve asked for recently.
- Are we asking out of concern for the welfare of others or forourselves?
- Are we asking out of passion to be closer to God or to exalt ourselves?
- Are we seeking God’s will or are we just wanting to have our way?
You can see that as I asked myself these questions, there was some deep soul searching about what I’ve been asking God about lately. I had to redraw some lines in my own way of thinking and realize that whatever I ask, I need it to be for the right reason, whether it benefits me or not.
God wants good things for us. In Ephesians 3:20 it states that he is “… able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,”. He just wants us to do it in the right spirit. Take some time and evaluate why we are asking what we are asking and it may just change you from a ‘have not’ to a ‘have’.