I love this scripture passage. It is hopeful and gets me ‘outside of myself’ and own ability to solve my problems. Often though, I do not ask, seek or knock.
What stops me from asking? It is my own self-sufficient pride? My own elevated self-worth?
What stops me from seeking? My highly educated mind? My ability to solve the answer on my own?
Do I think I know more than God does? Simply because nothing has driven me to the point of giving up entirely? Is it more than sheer desperation that God requires from me?
And if I knew that all I had to do was gently knock – and not bang the door down – would I not knock? Or is it the fear of what is behind the door prevent me from even going there?
Sometimes I think it’s all of the above – sometimes I think it’s none of them. Sometimes my greatest fear is the unknown, of the silence and the pain that may come to me by really pressing in.
If asking, seeking and knocking were really that simple – wouldn’t everyone that believes – just do it? Not think about the end result?
And yet – this scripture tells me that everyone who does it – will receive.
Do we always receive an answer when we ask? Yes. Sometimes silence is an answer.
Do we always find when we seek? Yes. Scripture promises that He is near us when we seek Him.
What about that closed-door? Does my knocking really open it? I believe that God reveals different open doors to us – as we are ready to receive them. Those doors may look nothing like I imagined – or ‘prayed’ them to be. It may be completely different – but that may be God’s plan for me.
The question is: Can I handle that?
What does your door look like that you are knocking on? Is it the right door? Does God have something different for you that He will open – when you are ready to knock? Are you ready?
Dear Lord – help me to accept the “doors” that you have for me to open. Guide me to your plan for my life – not the plan that I have in mind for me. Help me see your heart and mind for me – help me see things the way you see them. Help me trust you completely with all the “closed doors” of my life. And when you say they have to stay shut – help me to leave them alone, turn and walk away. Give me those “doors” to walk through that just my gentle knock will open. I want what you want for me. Amen.