The woman, sitting with me at the conference table, did an extraordinary thing…
It all started with my saying, “I love your bible.”
On the spine, I noticed the words “Amplified version” printed. I love the Amplified Version. It gives rich context to the original Hebrew and Greek words in the Word. I admired her treasure. Yet, what this woman didn’t know was my hunt in the last year to find, not just an “Amplified Version” bible, but a “Classic Amplified” version bible.
“Classic Amplified” bibles are out-of-print and not so easily found. I’ve looked here and there online, without much success. I’ve thought about how I want this translation on multiple occasions.
So, needless to say, I was surprised when she responded, “Well, this is actually a Classic Amplified Version.”
I didn’t want to covet. Yet inside, I wondered if coveting a bible is okay?? I didn’t know. Either way, I oohed and ahhed a little louder.
“Oh my goodness, that is a Classic Amplified Bible?” I said. “I’ve searched far and wide for that very book.”
Then, the conference started up, proceeded on, and before I knew it, it was over.
Looking longingly at her treasure, I waved goodbye to my fellow seatmate saying, “Hey. It was nice meeting you. I hope you really enjoy that bible.”
I wasn’t about 5 steps away when I heard her call my name. I looked back, and I saw her plucking papers out the book.
She extended it towards me. A tear formed in my eye. This woman was giving me her treasure so I could treasure it.
My heart was touched. God knew what I wanted– and He gave it to me. God saw.
My friend, God sees your heart. He knows what you need. He is aware of what you desire. He is a good Father.
If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him! (Mt. 7:11 AMPC — Classic!!!)
The Lord has good and advantageous things to give to you.
Are you asking? Seeking? Hoping? Or, have you lost hope that you have a good Father who cares for you? I’m sure of it — He loves to hear your voice.
My dear friend, I feel strongly led to say: do not give up with your requests. Do not back down. Keep asking. Ask more. Ask louder. Knock more. Talk to your Father; He loves you.