I was thinking this week about how we as Christians have a grand treasure box, with the answers to ALL of life's questions. The great part about it, is that it is free. It's accessible to each one of us. We don't have to wonder about things in life, we don't have to be hindered by the things in this life, we can have a blessed life and be a blessing to others, if we just have this treasure box.
God didn't create us and leave us here with no instructions. He gave us his word. In it's pages are the answer to every question we need to know, on how we are to live for him, how to help others through their hard ships, how to overcome addictions, anger, bitterness, hurt and the list goes on. But just as with any treasure box, there is a combination to getting it open. Just like in all the stories we read as children, there is a map and we must search for it's riches, but when we find it, it'll be worth the effort and it will effect the rest of our lives as well as the lives of those around us.
1. You must be saved. If my neighbor's kids come over and tell me they need some new shoes or a back pack for school, I'll hear their words, but I won't be going out and buying them the stuff they asked me for. They are not mine. I hear the needs of MY children and buy MY children those things. John 3:7 says, Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. God sees, hears and knows all, but he answers the prayers of HIS children.
2. You must not have sin in your heart. Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. God wants us to be clean when we ask him anything in prayer. If one of my children has been mean to one of their siblings or talking hateful to them, taking their things or throwing things or not helping them when they asked, then if that child comes to me and asks me to do something for them, I'm not going to feel like helping them with anything. Even more so, God sees the very heart that we do things with. He wants us to get those things out and get it right. THEN he will hear us.
3. We must ask according to his will. 1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. God isn't going to give us everything we ask for. We can't see the future and we don't know what is best for us. When my youngest son was just 10, he wanted a four wheeler. But Phillip was hyper from the day he was born and a four wheeler for him would have been a disaster!! I knew he didn't need one. God knows our frame, he knows our thoughts, he knows our temptations. He knows what we need. How do we know what is according to his will? Ask him. We need to our thoughts in line with his thoughts. That comes by knowing the word of God. Study to see the character of God and ask him to make your thoughts, like his thoughts. God doesn't want to answer our every whim and give us things that will get us farther from him or hinder us from living out his will in our lives.
If we will look at these three keys, God will open up the windows of heaven and give us treasures not only for this life, but for the life to come, not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of our families and friends and co workers.
Every treasure box has keys. This is the ultimate treasure box and it's available for every one.