A Nugget of Wisdom: “You Have Not because You Ask Not”

This is my last blog before I return to school at Nyack College. I’ve spent time with  friends, family, and a hearty amount with my mom. She reminded me of a nugget of wisdom that she has told me my entire life; one that I would like to share with you. I’m not sure what we were talking about, or how we got to the subject, but she stopped mid conversation, looked at me, and said Erin “You have not because you ask not”. I’ve always overlooked this phrase because I thought being content with what I have was a virtue. Being greedy was something that I never wanted to have in my life. Yet, I am realizing now more than ever that my mother was definitely on to something.

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You cannot live life in bashful desire for the things you are too afraid to ask for. I’ve put her words into action and because of that I have been immensely blessed. (I even had bacon for breakfast this week) You see, parents are great in the sense that whenever you ask, they love to supply and sustain their children with every need. It is coded within the DNA of every parent to nurture, protect, serve, care, and above all love their children endlessly. When children don’t ask, when we don’t approach our parents with things that we need, there is no way they can provide, and both are excluded from part of their innate nature of the relationship.

erinsThe same goes for the body of Christ. As I look back on this year, I am overwhelmed with how the Lord has been trying to teach me this lesson. In one of my classes at Nyack College, we talked about the importance of the entire church in sending out one missionary into the field. Obviously, there is one who is going, but they cannot do much with out the prayer, financial support, or the supplies that the church can provide when they stick together. God ultimately provides all these things, but sometimes—I mean most of the time—it requires us to humble ourselves and ask for support from others.

The church is meant to be a community that works together to further the kingdom by spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. So whether in everyday life, or in your Christian walk, remember that sometimes it truly is just as simple as asking and God will provide. Just as Abraham trusted that the Lord would provide the sacrifice, God still wants us to trust and ask for his provisions.

Erin Fox

About Erin Fox

Hey! I'm Erin Fox and I am a junior at Nyack College. I'm just a Midwest girl who made the move to the East coast and loves every minute of it. My major is Inter-cultural studies with a minor in Spanish and Bible. After college I plan on moving to the mission field and sharing the love of Jesus while helping and loving his people all along the way. I love Nyack and know that with each day it is equipping me more and more to do God's work throughout the world.
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