Thursday, September 14, 2006

Please Say Yes!

One of the biggest time consumers for the follower of Christ is thinking about what we can ask for that God will say "Yes" to. This is the primary, albeit selfish, reason that I so like collecting the promises of God. They are all the things that we can ask for that we have a guarantee that God will say Yes to. I found one today:

Isaiah 33:"5 The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high;
he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness.

6 He will be the sure foundation for your times,
a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.

This verse gives me both the treasure and the key to it: the fear of the Lord is all I need. Zion is all the believing children of Abraham according to Romans 9:8. I can ask God for justice; I can ask Him for righteousness. He will say Yes. Because He is the King Whom I fear and love, I can ask Him for salvation (Yes!) and wisdom (Yes!) and knowledge (Yes!). Is it because I have a perfect fear of God? Is it because I have done more good than bad? No, it is because I have hidden myself in Christ, who did do these things perfectly, Who commands me to hide in Him so that I might be saved:

2 Corinthians 9:20 "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ."

C. S. Lewis says that when we pray, we are "dressing up as Christ". So hide in His Person, and ask, and recieve what you know He will give you.


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