Yesterday Luke and I were talking and he confessed that he isn’t always nice. I thought back to the many times I’ve watched Rachel carefully discipline Luke when is being mean to Heidi. She thoroughly explains why we need to be nice, how Jesus wants us to be nice to each other, and that it is necessary to ask for forgiveness from the offended party. In all of this, they take the time to pray and ask God to help him be nice and as well as asking for God’s forgiveness. So, in light of that, I ask Luke the following question: Do you sometimes need to ask God to help you be nice?
To my surprise, he said, “No. I don’t ask God to help me be nice.” Curious, I probed, “Why not Luke?”
And this is the kicker…. He said that because God sees me all the time, he already knows when I need help being nice.
I was impressed. My little Luke is growing in spiritual wisdom 🙂 However… there was something going on here that needed to be addressed. Luke shares a similar sentiment to many adults who believe, in theory, that God sees everything. They also realize that there is much in this world that needs his help. Many adults have trouble with recognizing these two facts; if God is all powerful and all knowing, why do people suffer? If he sees it all and it is within his power to fix it all, why doesn’t he? Valid question.
I then reminded Luke of when he was a baby. When I got him out of the bath and needed to put his clothes on, he didn’t want me to. He wanted to do it himself. I knew that he needed help and that he couldn’t do it on his own, but my offering help only exacerbated his fury. He wanted to do it on his own. So, even though I knew he needed help and I had the power to give it to him, I chose not to until he finally decided to let me help him… in a sense I waited for him to ask me, for him to give up control so that I could actually do something to help. I paralleled that to God and I could practically see his brain churning… and then he skipped off.
I’m not sure how profoundly that impacted my 4 year old nephew… but I know that I was certainly impacted by it. Once again, I was reminded of the necessity of us asking.. not just sitting back and passively waiting for God to chime in. Jesus says to “keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8. As far as the simplicity of Luke’s response though, I am reminded of Matthew 6:33.
“Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
God does see it all. He sees if we are seeking him above everything else. He sees if we are living righteously. If he sees us doing those things, then he will give us everything we need, without specifically asking… because a lifestyle of seeking him above all will mean that we are asking a lot.
I love learning from kids.
*Disclaimer: If this is incoherent, I blame it on the pain and the drugs.