It’s interesting to watch God work. On the flight home with Asa I opened my Bible and the page it fell on was the last page that I read before getting our son. My eye immediately went to the last thing I underlined: “Now, Return home and tell of what the Lord has done for you (Luke 8:39).”
As I sit here on the first morning of being home, the house is still and quiet. I open my Bible and it falls on another scripture that I underlined a few weeks ago: “…because of your shameless audacity” your friend will give you what you need (Luke 11:8b).
In the first scripture Jesus restores a man possessed with demons. You could say he was a crazy man. Naked, ashamed, afraid, living in the tombs. When Jesus withdrew the Legion, the many demons from the man, he was restored to sanity. The man then begged to go with Jesus and His response was no. He wanted to use this man in a specific way. He told him to return home and tell how much God had done for him. Seeing this verse on the way to China and again on the flight home reminded me of the beautiful truth that we all must tell of how much God has done for us. God sending Jesus, His only son, to take the punishment that we deserve as sinners is enough to tell about. That alone is sufficient. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is what we are to “return home and tell about.” #allday #everyday #toeveryone | It’s easier said then done, but why? It shouldn’t be. Jesus is the only hope to anyone in this world. Regardless of what’s at stake, He must be shared.
In the second passage Jesus is giving an example of asking Him for what we need and trusting that He will provide. He calls us to be shameless for Him…to expect big things for Him, not because of us, but because he is a big God and is capable to fulfill them all. The beautiful thing is that He knows what will best serve His kingdom. Even if our shameless audacity to ask of Him what we think we need isn’t what is best for us and His kingdom, we can trust that He knows what is the best because of His sovereignty and our sinfulness.
Ask, seek, and receive. This is the next verse. We asked for Asa, sought after him, and have now received him. But we didn’t get to this point because we wanted it. More than any other time in our lives we asked that if our desires were not in alignment with the Lord’s plan for our lives that He close this door. There even came a point where I had to be willing to accept a different child, should that be the Lord’s plan. Imagine being in the hospital with your new born baby, not knowing if you will see him again, and the Lord saying, “No, someone else get’s this child. I’m giving you a different one.” This is what I had to come to terms with, knowing that His will and wisdom would always be sovereign over mine.
It’s His will and His plan. He provided and proved Himself as God, sovereign Lord, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, time and time again. #onlyGodisGod
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Victoria Harris holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Victoria is a lover of Jesus, a wife, biological mom of a toddler and adoptive mom of a tween. She is a former Miss Florida Teen USA and Mrs. Florida U.S. Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vdharris, on twitter @VictoriaDHarris, or on instagram @VictoriaRatliffHarris.
Victoria is a wife, mom, ambassador of Jesus, and a lover of all things that involve learning.