One day I sent my daughter (10 years old) to go and find a book for me, which I used in our Bible lessons. Ten minutes later, I found her sitting staring out the window on a chair in the room. I asked her whether she found the book and her answer was (of course), “no”. I told her that is not the way to search for something, you need to lift up the piles of books and look underneath and in-between each, you need to try each pile, you will never find something just sitting and staring at it.
Needless to say, I found the book eventually. And guess what the next lesson inside of the book was about?
Matthew 7: 7-8
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Coincidence…. I don’t know. But it made me think. How do we seek God? Do we keep our Bible next to our bed and never open it? Do we attend training courses and never implement what we learn? Do we go to church, but forget what was said? Seeking is an active verb, it is an activity, it expects you to DO something, not just sit in the middle of the room, staring in front of you and think the thing you look for will jump into your lap. I realized that if I seek answers for my questions, I need to seek it, I need to look for it actively – read and study scripture, it will not fall in my lap out of the blue.
I have started to try it out. When I struggle with something, I look for scripture passages that describes a similar situation. Amazing how relevant the Bible is, even in our modern day and age. I have listened to a podcast recently, which highlighted that each and every emotion we can think of, has been addressed in the Psalms. God knows and understands our daily lives and struggles.
Another thought that was triggered by this passage, is that I want opportunities to come to me. I want to walk down a street and while I am looking for open doors that seems inviting for me, I will enter. But the Bible says: Knock and the door will be opened. It means the door is closed. I would normally not have the courage to knock on a closed door. Again, it requires an action from me. Courage and knocking.
How do you seek? Do you go out and look for opportunities? Do you knock? Do you have the courage to knock?
Let us start Seeking, Asking and Knocking and see how God transforms your life. Let us be active in our Faith and not passive onlookers.