I used to ask God for all kinds of things BUT …

Recently encountered this quote on my ‘Courageous’ perpetual page-a-day calendar:

I used to ask God for all kinds of things, but now I ask for God, and He takes care of all things.

Ever the Berean, I then set out to discover the Scripture supporting such a statement …

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:25-33 (NASB)

The entire passage and especially the last verse seems to align perfectly with the quote from my calendar … considering that quote now read the Lord’s prayer paying close attention to what Jesus taught …

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:7-15 (NASB)

In this next passage, note the connection of ‘all kinds of things’ to Christ Jesus …

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of ALL CREATION.  For by him ALL THINGS were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—ALL THINGS were created through him and for him.  And he is before ALL THINGS, and IN him ALL THINGS hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in EVERYTHING he might be preeminentFor IN him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself ALL THINGS, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV)

(Preeminent … having paramount rank, dignity or importance)

That is one powerful passage of Scripture … if I may, I’d suggest reading it a couple of times before moving on … and note the relationship of Christ Jesus to ALL THINGS.

So let’s take a look at that quote one more time …

I used to ask God for all kinds of things, but now I ask for God, and He takes care of all things.

OK … seems spot on to me according to Scripture!

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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4 Responses to I used to ask God for all kinds of things BUT …

  1. Very Good. I like this one 🙂

  2. Love to have your permission to re-post this on my blog

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