Most everyone has heard the adage, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” It is needed because metal is rubbing against metal while the other 3 wheels are operating smoothly. One can choose to tolerate the annoying squeak or apply a lubricant to solve the problem. (Doesn’t it seem as if any grocery cart we choose has a squeaky wheel?) This adage and the solution has been applied to many problems in our secular life, not only to inanimate objects but to human relationships. Unfortunately, many people demand rather than explain their need. They squawk as well as squeak.

In our spiritual journey there is a balm (lubricant) for Christians who are sincerely needy and cry out. Jesus told us to, “…ask…seek…knock.” (Mt 7:7) In verse 12 he gives us what has come to be called the Golden Rule. James tells us that we can ask for wisdom from God and He will generously give it, but we must believe and not doubt. (Js 1:5-6)

It all too often happens that God’s children doubt that they are worthy of these gifts or they believe they shouldn’t bother God with trivial requests. Much like the father in Jesus’ parable who ran to meet his prodigal son, God wants to envelope us with His love.
(Lk 15:11-32)

There is no reason to squeak (complain) that we are unloved and never get what we want. When God promises He delivers. However, there is a condition. “…You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (Js 4:2-3) It certainly appears that these good gifts are to be passed forward to our fellow humans—especially comfort.
(2 Cor 1: 3-4)

—Jim Bailey