You know the type. They protect their turf. Don’t you dare get too close to their stuff. They have an abundance, but wouldn’t dream of sharing. They are so not a good example. I am talking about hummingbirds, of course. Our feeder is located right outside the kitchen window where I can observe the hummingbirds in action. A house finch on the bird feeder: the hummingbird did not tolerate this. Even a robin on the ground directly underneath the feeder was too close for comfort for the hummingbird. As I retrieve the feeder to replenish the sweet nectar, I am buzzed by the hummingbirds. Hummingbirds may be tiny, but they have a big attitude. When you first started reading this blog post, did someone come to mind? Or maybe, you felt a small pang of conviction? We human beings created in God’s image would never act like a hummingbird. We know the giver of good gifts. We know that God’s purpose for blessing is so we can bless others in turn. That selfishness outside my kitchen window is just for hummingbirds, of course.
You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. 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.