October 14, 2020
Apart from Bible reading for my devotions, I also have a number of devotional books I read in the morning.  From childhood, Bible reading for me meant reading from the King James Version. When I started theological studies purely by accident, I still held on to the King James Version. The thought was, “if the King James Version was good enough for Apostle Paul, then it was good enough for me.” That was the joke my theology professors used about a preacher who refused any other versions and introduced me to the Revised Standard Version. I sponsor a college student in India, and when she writes to me, she always addresses me with “Thy,” “Thou,” and “Thee.”  Years ago, when I started ministry in Potomac Conference, I was asked to pray at the Camp Meeting and I prayed using Thy, Thou, Thee for God and the next day an elderly gentleman met me and greatly appreciated my way of addressing God.  He mentioned that not many have such reverence these days. But over the years, I have changed because it is just  Old English Version over  contemporary English, if you will. So, from the Revised Standard Version, I moved on to the New International Version during my master’s and that has been the version that I often use. This year, for reasons unknown to me, I picked up the Clear Word and have enjoyed reading this paraphrased version. Well, everyone has their preference and each version has its pros and cons. 
Coming back to devotional book reading, one morning, this statement hit me: “Don’t ask God for what you think is good; ask Him for what He thinks is good for you.” Yes, I am aware that Jesus taught us to pray: “Thy will be done.” But this statement this time hit me hard because for over six months we have been praying earnestly for the eradication of Covid-19. A small group meets every Monday and Wednesday evenings and pleads for the healing of the land. I often hear deep sobs or heartfelt cries as individuals pray for the pandemic to end.   With this background, the statement, “Don’t ask God for what you think is good; ask Him for what He thinks is good for you” keeps me wondering.  What are your thoughts on this statement, please share with me?   I am reminded of many in our community who have been snatched from the jaws of the enemy purely by His mercies. My brother-in-law being one of them and many of my members. I am also aware that many times when I have prayed for something, God has done something else even better for me.  Well, in the context of the pandemic, this statement has been challenging to me, to say the least. Just a confession.
Franklin David
Shalom, Shalom!
“See the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable.”