“You ever have someone give you something,” Stan began, “that you have no idea what it is, what it’s for, or how you might use it?”
“I’m not sure,” I replied.
“Well, I did,” Stan said. “And it was a valuable lesson for my faith walk.”
“Last year for my birthday, one of my neighbors gave me a tool. I thanked him, but I had no idea what it was supposed to do. I just couldn’t imagine that I would ever have a need for it, so I just put it in a drawer.”
Continuing, Stan said, “Then yesterday one of the keys on my computer keyboard got stuck and quit working right in the middle of something I was trying to write for my Bible study class.”
“Computers are great,” I replied, “but when they stop working I generally have no idea what to do.”
“Same with me,” Stan replied, “But when the key was stuck, I remembered the tool my neighbor had given me and it occurred to me that it might be what I needed.”
Continuing, he said, “So I rummaged through the drawer until I found the tool. It was exactly what I needed to fix the keyboard.”
“That must have made you happy,” I replied.
“Sure did,” Stan said, “and it also gave me an idea for what I was writing about for the Bible study.”
“How so?” I asked.
“That God has provided everything I need for every aspect of my faith walk with Him. The apostle Peter, in his second letter, put it in terms of everything being ‘granted’, but just because something is available it doesn’t mean that I always understand and always take the steps necessary to make it a part of my life.”
“No,” Stan continued, “it doesn’t just happen. I have to choose to pursue knowing by choosing to receive what God has provided.”
“Choosing to receive,” I repeated. “How do you do that?”
“It’s no different from anything else,” Stan replied. “When Ricky comes by with the coffee pot and asks if you want some more coffee, you have a choice to make. Either to receive what he is offering, say ‘No, thanks,’ or ignore him.”
“God offers me everything I need,” Stan continued. “It is up to me to choose to receive it. He won’t force anything on me, but once I receive what He has available, there’s a good chance I will recognize what it’s for.”
“And,” he concluded, “I can say that it is usually so that my relationship with God is deepened and my faith walk towards being who and what He intends is strengthened!”
Bible verses to consider:
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:2, 3.
And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:22.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you have provided all I need for both sides of eternity. You have granted me the assurance of life eternally with you by accepting salvation through the finished work of Jesus. And you have provided all I need on this side of eternity in order to be and to do what it is you have for me. I confess that too often I do not receive what you have provided because I choose not to receive it. Please forgive me. And please, Father, help me in following your lead in being open to truly receive all you have for me so that I will manifest you in and through my life. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: God has available everything we need for both sides of eternity, but He does not force us to accept it. Do you agree with that? Why or why not? Do you sense there are things that God has available that you have not received? If so, do you want them to be a part of your eternal destination and life before then? Do you know how to do that?