“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,
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