Not too long ago my husband, Jim, and I received a postcard from our internet provider announcing that higher internet speeds were available in our area.
After calling the company to inquire, I was told that it was indeed true: Our internet speed could really be increased automatically! Well, almost automatically. I guess it was “grandfathered” in. And, even better news was that the monthly rate would be less than what we were paying.
The customer service representative asked something like this, “Would you like the less expensive, faster rate, or would you prefer to keep your current plan.”
… Excuse me! Wouldn’t anyone want the less expensive, faster rate? Of course I wanted to change. But despite the obvious, the faster speed and lower rate were not automatically given. I had to first ask for them.
Reminds me of Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:7-11: “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 … If you then, who are 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!”
Reading these verses make me wonder how many times we don’t have “good gifts” that God wants to give us—like eternal life or wisdom or compassion or self-control—because we don’t ask Him for them. And how often do we not really believe His Spirit can accomplish what we cannot.
Today Jim’s and my internet bill is lower. Our wireless speed is faster. And those are good things. But much more valuable are the spiritual treasures God offers to you and me every single day!
What good gifts does God have waiting for you and your family?
Is it time to believe … and ask?
© 2016 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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