Three years ago a single mother from Wellington, Kansas wrote a letter to director Tim Burton, asking him if he would make a movie based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, written by British author, Lewis Carroll.
Never in a million years did this woman believe Burton would actually take upon these challenging works, only to have his movie shatter box-office records.
Granted, unless one asks Burton where he got the idea to make this particular movie, it may never be known what actually inspired him to do so. Was it just coincidence, or did he actually consider, based on the woman’s letter, that it might be a worthwhile, moneymaking project?
It doesn’t really matter. But assuming the letter bore some weight with both Burton and Walt Disney studios, the fact is that the woman asked, and it was given.
The same is true of God.
Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV) says “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.”
But there is a stipulation.
James 4:2-3 (NKJV) goes on to say “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
The message is clear. If you ask God, He will give you what you desire. If it is His will. Remember, his answer is either yes, no, or maybe.
But, if you ask God for something, with wrongful motives, you will probably not receive what you have asked for.
With God there is no coincidence. However, He does love all of us and blesses the wicked as well as the righteous. (Matthew 5:45)
“The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted.”
Proverbs 10:24 (NKJV)
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