When you’re afraid to ask God for good gifts

The other night before bed, I laid down with my oldest daughter Rebekah and I wrestled with a question: “Does God desire to give us good gifts?”

I thought about all the good gifts I want to give Rebekah as my child. And it was as if a light bulb went off in my heart.

God was showing me that just as I want to give her the best, God wants to give me good things too. As his child, He is always considering my best interest – not just in material things that I need but also emotionally and spiritually.

Why do I doubt his promises and his provisions?

I’m like a seesaw when I should be steady. I’m not always good at trusting Him. I think of Matthew 7:9: “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?”

How ridiculous right? Who would give their child a stone, when he’s clearly asked for bread to nourish his belly. Jesus goes on to say:

Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matt. 7:10)

Yes, you serve a God who knows how to give good gifts to you. Maybe like me you’re just afraid to ask Him. Truth is, you can be confident and secure in the fact He desires to bless you. You don’t even have to question if He will.

Kids are the best at asking – even if they might get a no. The other day, a neighbor kid asked us for a cookie at our garage sale. We gladly gave him two. My kids are ALWAYS asking for a certain toy for Christmas (all year long). They’re never shy in their requests. They know what they want!

7″Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

What gifts are you asking for God to give today? Where are you needing his grace and provision in your daily life?

Humbly come to him as his child, ask him for what you need, and wait expectantly for answers.



Samantha Krieger is a pastor’s wife and mom to 4. She is the author of Quiet Time: A 30-day Devotional Retreat for Moms in the Trenches. Her writing appears regularly on Her View From Home, TODAY Parenting, and For the Family. Connect with her on Instagramand Facebook.
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