James: You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.
I know there are times when I have definitely asked wrongly. We started this year's blog with the thought of following God's call like when Jesus asked his disciples to drop their nets and follow him and when Jesus told his disciples to go out and preach without bringing a pack, only their sandals.
My whole journey to closing the business started in the fall, just before Thanksgiving, when I looked at a building that would have been perfect for the manufacturing side of the business. I purchased several lottery tickets and said, "If a big pile of money falls into my lap, I'll do it."
Had the lottery tickets won, it wouldn't be by the will of God but by the luck of the draw. If we look back at the story of Moses, we see the Israelites asking for signs that God is all-powerful, and they believe for a moment and then continue with their unbelief. God shows them time and again. Sometimes, God even says that He's doing these miracles because he wants the people to believe.
Instead of getting a building, I ended up closing my business in order to see what else God had planned for me. Some people have asked, "Now what," and I've said, "We'll see where the Spirit leads."
I'm trying to go where the Spirit leads without inserting a place here or a house there. I'm trying to be respectful of God's will. I know that God's timing is perfect, and I just need to be patient and ask rightly, not for things, but for God's divine timing and guidance.
Today, may we ask rightly, be patient, and know God has us in the palm of His hand and growing us for His good.