I was thinking earlier about just what it is that I want. Not in a bad way, more of what is it that I want from God. What is the desire of my heart? Such a question is not a bad thing providing our motivation is pure (James 4:3 tells us wrong motives deny us our prize from God). I was thinking about what Jesus said in Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Having a right desire and desiring the things that God can give us is a good thing. For example in Luke 11:1 the disciples came to Him and asked Jesus to teach them to pray. At which point He gave them the model prayer (Matthew grouped together a bunch of Jesus’ teaching from the sermon on the mount together but this was the reason why Jesus gave the model prayer). Their desire was to pray and know that what their were asking about was right and would be answered. David in Psalms 51 asked God to restore unto him the joy of God’s salvation, to cleanse him, and get rid of those wicked desires so that he could serve God again.
When I think of Job and all he endured I want so much for him to have asked God for an explaination instead of traveling down the road he went down. For us though it is good he suffered as he did because if we will read the whole book instead of just a couple of passages of scripture we get a better portrait of what we ouraelves go through and how God is in fact trying to help us if we will only lwt Him. Now I know there are people who say we shouldn’t ask God”why?” but didn’t Jesus Himself ask God the Father why He had forsaken Him there on the cross (Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34).
If we never ask we will never know. Perhaps we won’t receive the answer we want to hear but we should at least make the inquiry. Or as James put it Ye have not because ye ask not. Which remind me of the minor prophet Habakkuk. When we read his little book we need to keep in mind that tbe first two chapters are really a recording of the conversation he had with God. The prophet was greatly troubled by what God had showed him and he wanted to understand what God was thinking. God didn’t rebuke him for it He answered him. Isn’t it amazing how God will encourage us to seek out what it is that we want from Him? Brothers and sisters keep at it until you get a response.