“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (1 Jn. 5:14).”
This verse is saturated with many biblical truths. For instance, God is approachable. He desires to hear from us. As believers, there is a steady confidence we possess through the power of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, God has given us freedom to ask anything according to His will. There is much to discuss here in just this short verse alone.
Let’s first talk about the confidence we have as believers. 2 Timothy 1:7 clearly says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I believe this confidence is built on the fact that God is approachable. He is a loving God. His mercies are new every morning. When we know God is a good Father, confidence is a natural outflow of that relationship.
It’s important to keep in mind that God is not a genie in a bottle. We can’t just ask him whatever we want, especially if it’s sinful or anything that contradicts His holy nature. However, when we have good intentions, there are endless possibilities to ask God whatever we want. That’s because our desires are aligned with his desires as believers. He gives us the desires of our hearts (Ps. 37:4).
Lastly, It’s comforting to know God desires to hear from us. As a loving Father, he wants us to succeed and grow in our relationship with Him. Even if the world doesn’t go as we plan, God wants the best for us.
In this tough world, life can be unfair. We aren’t always given what we want. Sometimes our dreams fall short or an accident takes place that limits our physical, emotional, or intellectual capabilities. Nevertheless, God loves us for who we are. No matter what happens to us, God has our best interest in mind.
He doesn’t judge us according to the world. He doesn’t pick favorites. God makes it clear in Romans 2:11 that he does not show favoritism. That means you are not ranked in importance by your gifts and talents. You are ranked simply by building that relationship with God.
He doesn’t want your talents; he wants your heart. To me, that’s why God is the most important person in the world. He really is the only one that unconditionally loves us. Therefore, because you know He is good, loves us supernaturally, and is eager to hear from us, we can confidently run to him as the most approachable being in the universe. Praise the Lord!