“Mommy, please let me go to Suzie’s house to spend the night.”
“Daddy, can I have this toy?”
“Mr. Jones, I would like your permission to go on the field trip.”
How often have you heard questions such as these? How often have you, yourself, asked such questions? We ask permission throughout life. We are taught early to ask for permission rather than just assume that the world is ours…at least we are blessed if we have been taught so.
Many people today do not think that asking permission needs to be done. Many believe that they can have or take what they believe is rightfully theirs, no matter what that may be.
Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. (Hebrew 6:1-3)
The Greek word for allow, meaning:
to turn over (transfer), i.e. allow:—give leave (liberty, license), let, permit, suffer.
And when we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who guarded him. (Acts 28:16)
He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.” (Matthew 19:8)
To another He said, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” (Luke 9:59)
But our God has taught us through His Word that receiving permission to do something, to have something, to say something, is very important.
And He said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.” (Luke 11:2)
He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done.” (Matthew 26:42)
Through our LORD, we learn that asking the Father for permission is the way we are to come to Him. Our gratefulness and love is in the asking, in the humility, in the respect, and in the love we show to the One to Whom we ask. A child asking for permission to do something is showing respect to the parents. A student asking the teacher if they may share something with the class is done out of respect and courtesy to the teacher and to the class. A caregiver asking her mother if she is ready to allow her to change the bed sheets or a diaper is coming from a place of respect and love.
God’s will is what we should seek, want to seek, for He reigns over all. This is His world and we are His creations. To walk in His will, we must seek His will and walk in His way.
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21)
One of the definitions of “allow” is to suffer. Surely, I do not want to ask permission to suffer? Yet, times bring hardships and trials. God knows just what we need to grow in Christian maturity. Suffering may be a part of what I need.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5)
Father, guide me, correct me in all that I am, in all that I do. I desire to be obedient to You and to all who have authority over me. Father, may I walk in faith as You call me in Your Name. Show me Your way in all things. Jesus taught and still teaches today. He shows, by example, the ways You called Him and now You call me. Thank You, LORD. May I walk in the way I should go. In the Name of Christ, my Savior, I pray. Amen.