I was watching a show with Janet this evening and one of the characters was having trouble coming up with a speech for a keynote address. She made the comment that she should write anything down. And therein lies the title of tonight’s post – I wrote “anything” down. I started thinking about the implications of the word and how anything can happen to us.
We are products of our environments, our education, the way we were raised and, more important than anything else, the way that God, our heavenly Father, created us. So what options are open to us as we develop as adults? Well, frankly, anything… we are only limited by our dreams and our willingness to follow our God given calling. It is well known that God creates a passion within us that matches the talents He has bestowed on us. That means that we are probably wired to be able to do the things well that we want to do.
But there are also other connotations of “anything”. For example, we, as children of the Most High God, can ask anything of God. That doesn’t mean that all of our requests will be granted, but it does mean that God will hear us. So when you think of all the possibilities, we can be anything we wish to be and do anything we wish to do, in conjunction with a God who is capable of anything. That’s almost beyond comprehension to me.
The verse for tonight is from the apostle John, who wrote three epistles, or letters, in addition to his authorship of the Gospel of John and Revelation. In his first letter, John tells us, in 1 John 5:14, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” My encouragement this evening is that you can do anything – so I hope that you follow your heart and are not limited by your current situation. However, it is most important that you realize whatever you desire, it must be in alignment with the will of God in order for Him to possibly hear us. And only by His “hearing” us is there a way for Him to consider our request. My prayer is that you will study God’s word and stay in the will of God with your life.
Sometimes that isn’t as easy as it sounds. That’s because we must remember that while God may want us to be happy, there is no scriptural imperative for happiness. Rather, God wants us to be holy, and that is ultimately how we become more like Him. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…