Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:16
There is something about Ty that amazes me. It does not matter how many times I’ve said “No”, he never grows tired of asking. Really! He does not grow weary of asking me for what he wants until I say “Stop asking!” He is relentless.
I have wondered about that child-like dependence. He does not get upset or lose hope. He knows that if the answer is irrevocably “No”, I will let him know. Otherwise, he continues to ask.
I think about how different I am from him in this regard. Once I have been told “No”, I stop asking and think of alternatives or rest the issue altogether.
I have come to realize that I have done this with God as well. At times when I did not receive an answer to a prayer, I have been guilty of stopping to pray. And as a result, I must admit that there are times when I just stopped praying too soon.
Guilt or pride can both be detrimental to our walk with God. We sometimes feel guilty to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, when we know full well that He delights in our prayers. And there are times when pride keeps us from nearing God because He did not say yes the last time.
See, child-like faith trusts wholeheartedly in God’s provision, as a child trusts in the provision of their parent. It assumes the best and continues to demonstrate humility even when it is not satisfied initially.
Child-like faith answers to life’s challenges by going to God time and time again, asking, pleading and begging for the things I desire. It trusts that God will provide for me, and I don’t need to find another way, create a Plan B just in case God does not come through.
Child-like faith also believes that they are rightful heirs who do not need to shy from approaching God. A child exudes confidence in how they approach their parents freely without fear and without guilt.
One thing that is important to me as a parent is that Ty accepts my choice when I say “No”. He may not like it but once I have made it clear that my decision is final, I want him to walk away with a good attitude. This means no pouting, no long face and no grumbling. We have been practicing this for a couple of years or longer, and it brings pure joy to my husband and I when he gets it.
In the same way, my heavenly Father wants my obedience and good attitude when He answers “No!” I have to watch my attitude and see that I am not kicking, screaming and falling out when God answers “No” to my pleas. Why? Because I am His child and if I rely on Him for all things and trust that He desires what is best for me, as the good parent that He is, then I know I can trust in the goodness of His “No” and delight in it. While I may have hoped for a different outcome, I know and trust that the Lord’s “No” is the best there is.