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Embracing God's Promise of Abundance When Hardship Endures
Just Ask
by Jenny on January 27th, 2015

"On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said, 'Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.'” Joshua 10:12

Requesting help is not one of my strong suits. In some cases it's my pride that prevents me from making a plea for assistance. My sister would say as a young toddler, "I do it by me-self." Other times I struggle to accomplish a particular task but the idea of seeking support escapes me completely. I refrain from enlisting help because I either fail to recognize my need for help or I simply don't know what to ask for.

What do you need?

While amidst a battle with one of Israel's [many] enemies, the mighty warrior-leader Joshua discovered that he simply needed more time. Joshua prayed to the Creator of the sun and the moon, "'Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.' So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies." On this day, a day like no other, God heeded the voice of a man (Joshua 10:12-14).

Joshua never assumed that such a request would prove too hard for God. Instead, Joshua marched boldly to the throne of grace and asked God for what he needed most (Hebrews 4:16).

During a time of great weakness in his life, King David fell victim to the sin of coveting another man's wife. God responded to David's sin by saying, "I also gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these!" (2 Samuel 12:8, NASB)

Rather than asking God to help him resist the desires of his flesh, David attempted to do life "by his-self" . . . and he chose very, very wrong.

In Matthew 7:8 Jesus says, "Everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." James 4:2-3 further explain, "Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure."

Like Joshua, I've asked God for more hours in my day. God has yet to make the sun stand still for me but He has helped me to identify and remove the less important tasks on my "To-Do" list.

The story of David foreshadows the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:11, "So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him."

My children come to me daily with their MANY requests--great AND small. Why do I not follow in their example? When I try to do life "by me-self" rather than asking my heavenly Father to meet my daily needs, I am likely to choose like David did . . . very, very wrong.

God may not give us all we want. However, God has promised to give us all we need to live a victorious, abundant life in Christ. God will make time stand still in order for us to obtain victory over our enemy.

God already knows our needs. James 1:5 encourages us to "just ask."

God promises that if seek His Kingdom above all else AND live righteously [by patterning our lives after His Word], He will give us everything we need (Matthew 6:33).

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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