One of the most important points of the New Testament, and of Jesus’ ministry. “Ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full”. That might not be as you imagined it, or times ad you hoped, but it does promise that it will be.
There’s no discussion here about “God’s will”, “God’s time”, or “God’s higher plan”. Simply ask, and it shall be given unto you.
Some excitement here! Nicodemus, high-up in the religious establishment of the time, visits Jesus by night. Jesus makes three revelations to him which are part of our lives to this day! The first two deal with what needs to happen to see the Kingdom of God, and then what needs to happen to enter the Kingdom of God. The third and final revelation deals with receiving what has been placed before you to learn.
Does this mean you are nearer than you thought? Or does it mean you have more to do?
MORE CONTROVERSY! For all that some people talk about “God’s will”, you’d not expect Jesus to say “Ask and ye shall receive that your joy may be full”. We have to understand this in terms of common sense, of course, but we can also remember that God is indeed God, and He might know some things.
If the lack of something makes a void in your heart, wouldn’t God know that? And wouldn’t He want to do something about it?
In this time when so many of us make a point of giving thanks, it might be an idea to share some thoughts concerning a major part of giving thanks, that being the act of receiving something for which we are giving thanks.
Most of us can offer examples in which receiving was done and, for that matter, when it actually was not done. I offer a couple that I’ve seen.
The point is something that I offer as a counterpoint to a statement often made by plate-passing preachers. They might claim that their god loves a happy giver, but my deities really get excited about a happy receiver!