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Monday, August 7, 2017

Asking and Receiving

In review of Matthew 7:8 it says, “Everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

Bottom Line:
Ask and receive, seek and find, knock and the door will be opened.

What this means to me:
If I ask, I will receive. If I seek, I will find. It only I would knock, then the door would be opened for me.

Today's passage comes from Matthew chapter 7, where Jesus teaches about asking, looking, and knocking. He tells me to keep on asking, and I will receive what I ask for. If I keep on seeking, I will find. If I keep knocking the door will be opened for me. As a parent myself, if my daughter asked me for bread, would I give her a stone instead. Even myself, a sinner, knows how to give good gifts, how much more would my heavenly Father give good gifts to me when I ask.

I’m also reminded that If my daughter had asked for something that was poisonous, would I have granted or given it? I must remember in my life that God knows what is good and what is poisonous in my life and he won't give me some that is bad for me even though I may persist in my prayers for it. As I learn to know God better as a loving Father, I learn more on how to ask for what is good for me.

Today’s verse also reminds me that I should never give up pursuing God and the things he desires of me. Knowing God takes faith, focus, and follow-through, and Jesus assured me that If I do, I'll be rewarded. I need to continue to ask him for more knowledge, patience, wisdom, love, and understanding. If I ask, He will provide them.

If I seek Him, I will find Him. If I ask, He will answer. However, it doesn’t mean that I’ll like the answer, but He will answer. He has endless resource and can touch my life so completely I will almost forget I even had a problem.

I’m truly favored. I get to live a life of blessing because Jesus my Savior redeemed me at the cross. This is not just for me, but for all who accept Him are adopted as sons and daughters of the living God. We are granted instant access to the Father. I can enter into His presence with just a few words.

This instant access means that I can have the best of Him, even in the worst of times. He wants to fight my battles and see me prosper in good times and in bad, even as my soul prospers. He is the God who cannot fail, no matter how grim the circumstances. If I follow His plan for my life, He will fulfill me richly.

On a separate note, today’s review is another great assurance for me as I wait for a decision about a potential work environment change. In it, I reconfirm my understanding that God knows what’s best for me and for what He wants to accomplish through me. While it may be a disappointment, I have assurance that God is doing what is best for me and for what He desires from me.