Do you think that God will be any poorer for giving you the riches he has promised?
Do you dream that he will be any less holy for giving you holiness?
Do you imagine he will be any less pure for washing you of your sins?
- Charles Spurgeon
As Spurgeon writes, one of the greatest displays of our faith is when we ask God for things. So often, I do not ask people for help because I fear I might inconvenience them. Or I do not believe that they can actually help me.
I do the same thing with God. Despite the fact that he has promised me inheritance in his kingdom and that his mansion has many rooms, I am often meek in approaching his throne. If only I had the faith of the sick woman in Matthew 9, who said, "If I only touch his cloak, then I will be healed."
My goal for this year is to recognize God better. God is not the all-knowing wise man on the mountain that I must trudge up for advice and knowledge. Nor is he the fortified king before which we must tremble and seek mercy.
No, he is a lamb. He shares in the sufferings and struggles that I have. He walks among us and relates with us. And through him is offered healing, rest and glory.
"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; know and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the ones who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."