God’s Present • Devotion #3: He Never Looks Down on Us for Asking
Pastor Ryan Story | Student Pastor
I remember asking Santa for some pretty crazy things. I was a huge basketball fan as a kid and for some reason, I thought Charles Barkley was awesome. I remember asking Santa for a 76er’s jersey signed by Sir Charles himself. Now clearly in 1989, that would have been a hard thing for “Santa” to get me, but it did not stop me from asking. There was never a moment that I felt like Santa thought I was a fool for asking.
Have you ever needed to ask God for something and you were a bit afraid of it? I have worked with students for some time now, and a lot of times when a teenager wants to pray for a member of their family, they have some thought in their head that God cannot help them. There are times where I have talked with teenagers who are struggling with issues, and they think God will be mad if they confess their sins to Him. Somehow, we believe that the man with a belly like a bowl full of jelly is more understanding than the creator of the universe!
God honors bold faith. One of my favorite Old Testament stories is when Joshua asked God to stop the sun from setting. Feel free to read Joshua 10, but there is never a moment when God says to Joshua, “Hey that is too crazy, leave me alone.” Read the Bible, if a person is asking God with a pure heart and the correct motives, He never looks down on us for having the faith to ask Him for the impossible.
No Race or Gender Bias
One day my brother and I were having a heated argument filled with the most intellectual and logical statements a six and seven year old could muster. The argument was over the description on the back of our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s Party Van. I was convinced that Santa only delivered gifts in English, while my brother took the stance that he would have changed the language it was made in. It did not make sense to me why Santa would change the language because clearly, every Santa I ever saw in the mall was white and Anglo Saxon. Why would he treat a random Swedish child with the same love as me? In my head, I was convicted that since I wrote the letters, and I visited Santa in the mall, I was clearly the favorite.
I am glad I have a bit more of a worldview than I had when I was six. As a kid, I figured Santa favored Americans. I feel that as Christians we sometimes take that worldview. Imagine having the worldview that Jesus is for the Americans, Muhammad is for people in the Middle East, Krishna is for India, and Buddha is for all oriental people. Sadly, that is the misguided view of religion. The truth that when the angel in Luke 2 says, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” He was not saying a savoir for whites, Americans, Canadians, and European or even man or woman. Christ is the savoir of the world. He loves everyone equally. As Santa has no sense of bias neither does Christ. Jesus loves everyone equally. There is nothing we can do to make God love us any more or any less. As this season rolls forward, take some time and figure out how to love with no bias like Jesus.