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4/30/2012

We Have Not, Because We Ask Not

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV)

I recently read a story about a man named Chris who had decided to spend some time with his boy on a father-son outing.  The original plan to rent a ski boat on lake Mojave fell through so he decided to take his 4x4 to check out some old gold mines off of old route 66 highlighted in a tour book.  The outing was only suppose to take a few hours and since they had just finished breakfast, no further provisions were taken other than his fix-a-flat, an air pump, a jack, and a spare.  

Chris said, “While out on the seemingly easy route, there was a sudden CRUNCH.  The front tires dangled helplessly from the two-foot shear ledge; the frame of the vehicle was augured-in on solid granite, and the back wheels were airborne.  Instead of calling and asking for help, the man decided he would get the vehicle unstuck, and after a few hours was in fact successful—that is until a few miles further up the canyon where he high-centered the vehicle upon a large section of rock.”

He had pondered why he had even begun the trek without a GPS beacon, water and extra food.  He questioned why he hadn’t asked for another adult to accompany him, or why he hadn’t called for help the first time he had gotten stuck.  He pondered why he hadn’t called for help the first time he encountered problems, or why he hadn’t backtracked.  He concluded the answer to all of these questions was PRIDE!

Pride had transformed a normally very logical and smart man to have an unusually different perception of how to address a dangerous situation.  He had many thoughts racing within his mind, such as, asking for help was a sign of weakness, and if he admitted defeat it would prove he was an idiot.  He even imagined the finger pointing he would encounter by his would be rescuers.   All of these thoughts tempted him to contemplate trying to get his vehicle unstuck on his own again—after all, he was successful once.  Thankfully, wisdom prevailed, as he realized it wasn’t about his pride, it was about the safety of his child.   So, dehydrated and tired, he hiked up to the top of a hill and made a 911 call. 

Chris shared, “After our rescue, we had some very interesting conversations with the heroes of Mojave County Search & Rescue.  They related stories of rescue attempts that had failed – those who were found too late, the desert taking their lives.  Sad stories, and all with a similar theme:  In each case, the victim thought they knew what they were doing; they tried to get themselves unstuck, they tried to walk out, or they just waited too long to call for help.  In each case, the weathered faces of the rescuers repeated the same line to me.  “Pride,” they said.  “People are afraid to ask for help because they view it as a sign of weakness.  Had they just asked for help immediately, they'd still be around.” 

Unfortunately, many times it can be that way in our walk with God; we don’t want to seek His help, or the help of our Christian brothers and sisters because of our pride.  We won’t ask others because we are afraid of what they might think about us.  We often times won’t ask God because we know we have made poor choices in the first place and we are embarrassed to humble ourselves and seek His help. 

Jesus knew this about us, and so He told His disciples to keep asking, to keep seeking, and to keep knocking.  He then asked these questions, What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matt. 7:9-11).

All too often, we—because of pride—tend to live our life doing things the way we want to do them, rather than asking God for help, His guidance, His will, or His way.  Is it any different than being high-centered on a rock in the middle of the desert when you think about it? 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s choose to ask God daily for His wisdom, and His will for our life.  Let’s choose to read our Bibles and discover the answer to both of these questions. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 7:8-11 what can we learn about our asking God for help?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to ask God for help in living your life today?

APPLICATION: Let’s seek God daily and ask Him for His help in understanding His will for our life, and to guide us in His wisdom.

Let’s Pray…

Father, thank You for allowing us to learn great lessons through the life stories of others.   Help us today to understand Your will for our lives Lord.  Lead us in Your ways.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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