A couple of my young people/nieces got on me about not having posted an entry in a while, so I took my spanking 😀 (thanks Portia and Wanda) and got to typing! I was talking to the Lord one day and He brought the familiar Scripture of 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, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being 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.” (Matthew 7:7-11 NKJV)
Usually we focus on the “good part” where we are “given,” “find” and “doors opened”. Now don’t get me wrong, I like the good part, too! The Lord had me look at the part of the Scripture that speaks on bread, stones, fish and serpents. Allow me to explain.
When we ask God for things, sometimes, while we have the best of intentions, it may be the wrong thing—it’s just not good for us–i.e. stone or serpent “gifts”. Because of our finite minds and limited understanding, we often get upset when we do not get what we ask for. I won’t lie and say it’s pleasant to hear “no”, it’s really for our good when God delays or denies our request.
Rather than stewing in the “no”, we have to ask God to help us realize the way He answered our request equates to fish or bread. Think about it—fish and bread are life-sustaining, nutritious, nourishing, tasty and just plain good for you, even if you do not like it. On the other hand, a stone or a serpent can hurt, maim or even kill you—NOTHING good is coming from those things at all! The other thing to remember is to ask God to take away our DESIRE for stones and serpents. Are you wondering what I mean? Glad you asked!
Going back to how we handle the “no”, when we don’t get what we want, we’ll pout, cry, get upset with God, stop giving, witnessing or maybe—go outside the will of God to get it. It may not be malicious or intentional—we just want things our way and that leads us away from the bread and fish and towards the serpents and stones–not a good look or feel! Why is it that we gravitate toward the things that are NOT good for us?! Say it with me, ya’ll: (in Jesus name), “no more serpents, no more stones, fish and bread forevermore!” Ok, I know my rhyme is corny, but you get the point, right?
Bottom line: There are so many good, no better things God has for us—we just have to have the desire for the good and trust that God loves us and always provides best gifts for us (even though it doesn’t seem like it at the time).
I hope this blessed you family! Stay in the will of God!
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2 thoughts on “Of bread, stones, fish and serpents…”
I am writing something for the children’s Liturgy at our church this Sunday coming. The Gospel is Luke 11:1-13. The Lords prayer where Jesus talks of fish and serpents etc. I did a google search and your web site was amongst those that came up and I have copied your comments into my file. I will use it as background info to what I might end up telling them in our Gospel reflection. I thought I would let you know in case it was not OK with you. I was not going to use it word for word or print it out and sell it. It is purely for my own use. I hope this will be OK? Let me know and I’ll remove it.
Thank you for starting this blog, your enthusiasm and love came through and I will look some more when I have finished this reflection. When you start to check things out in the Bible, ready for writing some notes, there are always more ideas than what you first thought of. It is difficult sometimes to know what is appropriate for the children’s age and when the ideas come flooding in.
I’ll stop now. I trust your blog will grow.
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Wow—to God be the glory! I am elated that God led you over here! Please feel free to use whatever notations from BCU that will be a blessing to you and your church family. If you are so inclined, I’d LOVE to see what you came up with–no pressure at all, though. 🙂
Stop by anytime! And God bless you!
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