“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.
Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
A closer look at this verse gave me an insight which I’d be sharing in this post.
We often use verse 8 to explain or define verse 7. We see these three as options which we should choose from.
Depending on the circumstance, I can choose to ask, seek or knock.🤔
And I don’t have a problem with such interpretation.
Let’s consider the concluding verses of chapter 6.
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:28-34 NIV
In these verses, we see Jesus warning against placing our focus on material things whatsoever.
So, is Jesus in any way now granting us some sort of permission or probably urging us to redirect our attention to material things? No!
I think Jesus had set the standard in verse 32 of chapter 6 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. And verse 7 of chapter 7 becomes more of an emphasis. (No person of such integrity as Jesus’ would say a thing and contradict it in less than five minutes)
Ask to know who God is, and you shall receive knowledge of whom God is. Seek Him (daily), and He shall be found of you. Knock and the gates that leads to His court shall be open. (Matthew 7: 7 KJV, emphasis mine)
Jesus is not in any way against we getting our need, rather he wants us to receive them from our position as children of God. God so cherishes His relationship with us – we should cherish our relationship with Him.
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:11 NIV
Asking from our place as God’s children makes all the difference – faith in Him (which grows with our growing intimacy with Him, and knowledge of whom God is), knowledge of whom God is (which also includes His will) and love for God (which grows from the awareness that we are recipient of His love)
You wouldn’t ask wrongly if you know God (which also includes His will) and your place as His Child (James 4:3). We are complete in Christ, possessing all that pertains to life. (Col 2:10a; 2Pet 1: 3)
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
I John 5:14 NKJV
So when next you’re asking for anything from your Heavenly Father, make sure you’re asking from your place as His child (knowing what His will is). It’ll save you the stress of doubt, anxiety and worry. 🙂
You are a child of God – The Father’s delight.