You know, as we age and see the greys popping up like jiffy on the sides of our hair lines. It seems like asking for help might as well be torture. If you’re anything like me, in your head you’ve convinced yourself that you have eight arms and a few extra hours in your day than the average human being. All so that you can do everything on your own, trying to pretend that you don’t want to disturb people, when the truth of the matter is, that you’ve got some pride trying to keep you from getting some help or just plain saying “I can’t do this”.
This is not some foreign issue. This is a problem for the world at large. Believe me, you and I are not the only ones around trying to balance 30 balls with 2 hands, all while trying to walk out this Jesus life and make it all look pretty. In actuality, the hardest part is trying to make sure we keep Jesus in the center of it all. This is where we need the most help! We need help on learning to live this life.
For that very reason we are going to take some notes from Brother David on what it looks like to ask God for some assistance. ” Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path…” Psalms 27:11. Then he gets a little more specific in Psalm 143:10 “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” David was not afraid to ask the Lord for what he needed. He was also not afraid to surrender his will to the will of God to walk righteously.
One thing I am observing is that he is asking the Lord to teach him. Which in turn means that we have to learn how to live the way that God intended for us to live. We don’t have it all figured out because we are not the teacher. Our Father is the teacher. So why not just ask the teacher to show us how to live how He wants us to live, how to respond to daily life and how He wants us to respond to Him. It only makes since to ask the author of life how to live it. “Keep on asking and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7. What door are we knocking on? Are we knocking on the door of busyness? The door of stubbornness? The door of money? Or are we knocking on Jesus’ door? Where everything we have been looking for behind all those other doors has been all along. Ask, seek, knock. It’s that simple.
But before the asking can take place, we have to humble ourselves before the Lord. The surrender of sin, selfish motivations and pride lays the ground for God to come in and teach us His ways. “But He gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the scripture says, ‘God opposes the proud but favors the humble.’ So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:6-7. The Lord delights in humility and is very willing to bless and teach us. “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” James 1:5.
In some aspects we can be like kids trying to ask our parents for candy when we know that we haven’t eaten dinner, when it comes to asking God for some things. We use our human mental measuring to process how He will respond. Drawing conclusions on what He is or isn’t willing to do. Or possibly drawing invisible boundaries for things that you will or will not ask for. This is a mistake for us. The Lord is so willing to give and teach us through His Spirit. He simply waits for opportunities and invitations. He loves to give to us what we need so that we can bring Him glory. “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.” Luke 11:13. Ask our Teacher to teach you how to do this thing called life. I know I am ready to release some of the productivity in exchange for the peace that God offers us when we live according to His will and not our own.
And if you are feeling like you have asked, and pleaded and nothing is changing. I encourage you to take an honest inventory of your lifestyle and be sure that you are not putting blocks between you and the Lord. Either way, seek the Lord. If we are truly going to be children of the Most High God, we have to start behaving like His children and open our mouths to cry out to Daddy for help. He’s waiting.
Lord Jesus, thank You for your patience with us as we wander around life. Forgive us for our ignorance in areas that you have made perfect paths for us. Lord give us an abundance of Your wisdom. Help us to BE your children and not acquaintances. Today surrender my will to you so that I may pick up Yours instead. Lord Teach us how to live. In Jesus Name, AMEN!