What God Asks Us When We Ask For Blessing

If you've read my previous posts, you know that I have struggled receiving blessing. Humility is a good thing, but it has caused me to sub myself out of the game a few times in life. There is a HUGE difference in a Christian that says "I am not worthy of a mission from God" and one that says "I am not worthy of a mission from God but if God chooses me then I'm ready and willing." For most of my life I have been the former, only stepping up when I truly felt like my back was against the wall. Not because I wasn't sure of what to do, but I wasn't sure of myself. Like I have written before--I have never doubted God, I have only doubted me.

Whether you're like that or not, at some point in our Christian walk we will approach God about something we feel like we need. The Lord wants to provide. He wants to meet our needs so we won't seek the world to meet our needs. He's our comforter and deliverer. BUT... there is one aspect of a healthy relationship with God that so many Christians miss.

God will always as "what do you have?" before He asks "what do you want?"

When believers hear this, sometimes there's an offended reaction. I thought He was our provider and comforter? I thought He wanted to meet my needs? He does, folks, He really does, but let's let history be our teacher. In 1 Kings 17, God has provided for the great prophet Elijah in multiple ways. He has protected him during conflict, ordered ravens to bring him food when Elijah was hiding, and now he is in Zarephath where he meets a widow gathering sticks. He asks her for some bread and water and her response is so sad-- "I don't have any bread-- only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil... I am gathering these sticks to take home to my son so we can eat our last meal and die." Elijah reassured her and said to go home and prepare food for him regardless of her health and resources. She did so and the oil did not run dry and the flour was not used up until the day the Lord gave rain to the land. This widow's decision to use all she had for God's Will allowed Elijah to heal her son much later. Her son became sick and pronounced dead. Elijah prayed over the boy and raised him from the dead in which the widow replied, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth." 1 Kings 17:24. All this from a handful of flour and a little oil.

Here are some of my favorite big moments where God used minimal resources:

Genesis 21 God births a nation with one child

Exodus 14:16 Moses parts the sea with a staff

Numbers 22 God gets Balaam's attention by letting his donkey speak (lol!)

1 Samuel 17 David conquers the giant with a sling and a stone

Matthew 14:13-21 Jesus feeds 5000 people with a few loaves of bread and a few fish