7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:7-11
“Please? Pretty please? Can I get_______?” You fill in the blank. If you have children you know walking through the grocery store, dollar store or anything that ends with store can be a daunting task full of questions, begging and pleading. Their petitioning is not something that is music to my ears and often does not end well for them as the incessant chatter leads to my frustration. I have to admit, though, from time to time I do give in just for some peace and quiet.
Occasionally though, a child will surprise me and remain quiet throughout our trip. Once in a while, one will save their question till the end and present their case respectfully and kindly. The difference in these trips are like black and white. But with both scenarios my heart wants to give my child the things that they want, things that they perceive as good. Even though their begging becomes annoying the fact remains that when my child requests something of me, I often want to fulfill their wish when it is reasonable and appropriate. Even when they are trying my last nerve I want to give them good things, not evil things!
Do you ever feel like the things you ask of the Lord are small and trivial like they are too little to bother the Lord with? What about on the other end, too big? This scripture is much more than a passage about seeking salvation but can be applied in many different ways.
I am reminded that the Lord wants me to seek him at all times, in all circumstances and for all things. There is nothing too big or too small. Like children playing a game of hide and seek, we are to approach Him with the same passion and persistence as we seek his will and plan for our lives. I think of how much and how often I want to shower my children with good things; when they ask and when they don’t. When they deserve it and when they don’t. Simply because I love them. How much more does our Heavenly Father love us? How much more does he want to give us good things if we seek him with all of our heart!
Dear Lord, I have to admit that I often avoid asking you for help. I often avoid seeking your wisdom and will for my life because I feel like my requests are unimportant or too small. You are a loving and All Mighty Father God. Thank you for the reminder that every good gift comes straight from your Father’s heart. You care about the little and the big. Help me to seek you with all of my heart. Amen.