Wednesday: 14th March, 2019
Reference text: Matthew 7:7-12
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
This text is very popular and is marked by the use of three different verbs: Ask, seek and knock. Those words did not seem to serve any other intention than to serve as sign posts for us on how to express our determination and desire to get God’s attention. But as I read it again, those verbs took on a new meaning
By critically looking at all three verbs, ASKING and KNOCKING to a large extent are clearly two-way. Not only are they are hinged to the desire of the person performing those actions, they are equally dependent on the providence of the person to whom the petition is addressed or the home owner who can choose when and if to open the door.
‘SEEKING’ on the other hand is more subtle in this regard because it is unidirectional. It stems from a personal point of view and ends only when the seeker decides to stop searching. In spite of this, with God, even seeking is two-way because unlike a treasure hunt, God wants to be found; together with all that is His – Everything.
In Ecclesiastes 3:11 we read ‘God has set eternity in the hearts of man’: there is therefore an earnest deep seated desire within man to search for and find answers to deep truths – to the hidden things of God. That is seeking. My dear, there is an associated boldness and drive that ought to spur us on to ask, seek and knock at every opportunity because we can be certain of receiving a response each time. We are confident because we know with certainty that if we call out, there is a God ready to answer.
Remember # God is always close enough to be found.