Read: Hebrews 4:14-5:10
“Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? If you then, being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
Luke 11:11-13 NASB
It was taboo and we all knew it. The House kitchen, emitting the seductive aromas of fresh-brewed coffee, orange juice, and doughnuts, was for the Representatives only. All non-elected State employees were expected to keep their distance. It was a rule that our dedicated doorman (at least, according to rumor) was willing to enforce with violence.
Not surprisingly, a few of my fellow pages took the threat as a challenge and spent their early morning hours searching for ways to slip unnoticed past the vigilant warden. Waiting until he turned his back, they’d glide unnoticed into the forbidden sanctuary and partake of the pleasures that lay within.
While this method was not lacking in intrigue, the rest of us had a better plan. Having gained favor with the Representatives, we would stand well outside the eight-foot perimeter which the doorman had set, and put on our best puppy dog faces. Seeing our languid forms, the Reps would take pity on us and, after having acquired their own morning “nosh” would reappear with a little something for the rest of us.
What about the door warden? When he asked us about our orange juice and doughnuts, we simply replied that Representatives had brought them to us. We had effectively gone over his head… and he knew it!
Pages aren’t alone when it comes to finding shrewd ways to get what they want. Many of us spend our entire lifetimes sneaking around trying to acquire those things which we believe will bring us love, wealth, or success. Unable to simple take what we desire, we spend our days evading the door wardens who would prevent us from achieving these goals and meeting our needs.
Fortunately, Scripture give us a better way. As Christians, we have been assured that we need only present our requests to our Heavenly Father who knows our needs and has already made provision for each of them. Like the Representatives, He has the power and authority to go over the “warden’s” head and none who know Him need ever go without!
Challenge: Are you facing difficulties in life? If so, how are you handling them? Are you trying to navigate the labyrinth of red-tape or find a way to skirt around the system? Instead of dealing with repeated frustration, take your trials before the throne of God. You’ll be glad you did!