“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
How long can I ask for something before I get tired and go my way? How long can I knock before I turn away from the door because there’s no answer? How can I possibly just stand waiting at a door that remains closed despite my knocking? Is that not foolishness? Should I really keep waiting? Matthew 7:8 says, “For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Dear Christian, this is what the end looks like. The door comes open, no matter the length of the knocking period, and you receive that which you asked for. That is because as long as it is a thing originating from God, nothing is strong enough to hold Him from keeping His promise. So, we know the end. But how about the middle stage—the waiting period? How about the times when it feels like waiting on Him is yielding nothing tangible?
Dearest Christian, we must understand that our Father is a loving Father. Immediately you knock or ask, His ears are alert. If He doesn’t open or answer as soon as you want, it could mean that there’s something He has for you beyond what you’re asking for. Perhaps, in the waiting He wants to enlarge your capacity to carry that which you’re asking for. At other times, maybe He wants to remove everything in you that will ruin your blessing when it comes. He could also be putting you through some pruning that would birth better things for you.
We need to trust God enough to understand He knows what He is doing. And, in the times the answer tarries, take the pain in your heart to Him and watch Him give you strength like you have never known existed. Watch Him give you the wisdom to grow into who you must become to access that door. Sometimes, we never get to see an open door because we’re so insistent on knocking that we don’t see that He is making us into the key. Don’t stop knocking; however, don’t let your knocking blind you to what your God is doing/wants to do inside you.
1. Lord, help me stay until you are done with me.
2. Give me the grace to submit to the changes you want to make inside of me.
3. Lord, teach me to humble myself enough to wholeheartedly trust you. Amen.
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