“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.
If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
“That man should not think that he will receive anything from the Lord.”
And that thinking is so wrong. We receive everything we have from the Lord. We’re believing the lies when we get sucked into our culture’s view – that we earn what we have and we deserve what we have and it’s all about us.
It’s all about God. He owns everything and he decides what to give to us.
When we have this correct in our head, it’s not hard to give back at least 10%. We get to keep the rest!
And God always answers our prayers and requests. Sometimes its ‘yes’, sometimes its ‘no’ and sometimes it’s ‘wait, my child. I have something better coming for you.” That’s a hard one but it’s very cool later, when we see God revealing what he’s been working on in this area of our lives. This perseverance thing really works.
So we live our lives expecting answers from God. Watching for them. Anticipating the best he has for us. Listening to the Holy Spirit within us and responding in faith. With trust.