Blessed… Ask, Seek, Knock

 “Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door is opened. Who among you will give your children a stone when they ask for bread? Or give them a snake when they ask for fish? If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. Therefore, you should treat people in the same way that you want people to treat you; this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:7-12, Common English Bible).

“Ask and it will be given to you…Who among you will give your children a stone when they ask for bread? Or give them a snake when they ask for fish?” The Scripture is correct. I wouldn’t give my child a stone or a snake when they asked for food. But, what happens when we ask for a stone or a snake? Sometimes the things we ask for first, are the things we actually need the least and then we get cranky when we don’t get what we want from God.

Search and you will find. Before sitting down to compose this post, I was in search of ashes I bought for Ash Wednesday, today! I had put them in one of my computer cases. I looked all over the house. I drove to the church and looked all over my office. I didn’t remember taking them to the church but, you never can tell. As I was driving to the church I prayed. Living in a place like Sweeny, finding ashes on Ash Wednesday could prove to be difficult. Cindy jokingly asked if I was going to go buy a package of cigarettes just to burn them up for the ashes. Thankfully my prayer was answered. I found a small, old container of ashes in my office. It might be enough but I really didn’t want to take the chance. When I got home I found it.

Knock, and the door will be opened for you. What if I am knocking on the wrong door? Should I expect God to open it anyway?

All this is to say, while I have faith in the words of Scripture, I also need to remember that God knows what is best for me. If I ask and don’t receive, if I search and don’t find, if I knock and the door doesn’t open, it may be because I am searching outside the will of God.

All to often when we ask, seek and knock, we forget that it isn’t really about us and God knows what is best for us. I know, I might be simplifying this, but it really is the way I read the passage. You are welcome to disagree in the comments below.

For what are you asking, seeking and knocking?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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