Dear Minster and Friends,
Scripture tells us that God is a good Father, who loves to give good gifts to His children. And yet, often, it feels like we ask for gifts from God, but don’t receive them. So what’s going on?
Judah, my son, would love to be given the keys to my car. He loves the idea of being able to drive wherever he wants, whenever he wants. But he’s seven years old. There is no way I’m going to give him that gift yet, because he’s not ready.
I believe that God longs to pour out more of His good gifts: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues, and many others besides. I believe God longs to pour out His Spirit in renewal and revival; more than we long for those things. But maybe the reason He holds back, is that we’re not ready.
If I gave Judah the gift of a car, at his current stage of development, the chances are it would end very badly. If God gives us gifts we’re not ready for, it can destroy us. So if we want to receive more of God’s gifts, let us ask Him to help us grow in holiness and Christlike character, so that we’re able to handle those gifts in a way that will honour God and lead to our flourishing; rather than dishonouring Him and leading to our downfall.