Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

This scripture text is very popular with the key verbs: Ask, seek and knock. The meaning to me was the normal knowing that determination and desire gets God’s attention but as I read it again today, those verbs took on a new dimension.

In response to all three verbs used: ‘asking’ for and knocking’ on to a large extent are clearly two way. Not only are they dependent on the providence of the hearers – the person to whom a petition is addressed or the home owner who can choose when to open the door, but they are also hinged to the desire of the person performing those actions. ‘Seeking’ on the other hand is more subtle in this regard because it almost appears unidirectional: stemming from a personal view point and apparently ending only when the seeker decides to stop searching.

However, one thing that makes our seeking for God also two way and not like a treasure hunt is because God wants to be found by us. In the words of Ecclesiastes ‘ God has set eternity in the hearts of man’: there is therefore an earnest desire deep within man to search for and find answers to deep truths – to the hidden things of God. That is seeking.

There is an associated boldness and drive that spurs us on to ask, seek and knock at every give opportunity because we are certain of receiving a response every time. We are confident because we know with certainty that if we call out, there certainly is a God ready to answer.

Remember # whenever you need to, just reach out to God and He will hold your hand.

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