What happens when pain hits? What happens when disappointments continue to (what you feel) plague your life? There are days it is easy to want to give up and give in. There are days it is easier to think that we can just walk through life and be remote.
Matthew 7:7 tells us something different:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (NIV)
This is the version of the verse I grew up memorizing and hearing over and over. When one reads it in the Complete Jewish Bible it says:
Keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. (CJB)
This is a completely different concept. To just “ask, seek or knock” is one thing. According to the Complete Jewish Bible we are too, “keep asking, keep seeking and keep knocking…”
I do not claim to understand why there is a difference in these translations. I have not gone back to the Greek to understand the word used, or the tense that is supposed to be translated. What I do know is, I don’t believe it is a one time question. I don’t believe we should just “give up” on seeking. We need to “keep knocking” on doors to find answers.
This isn’t an easy concept in todays world. We have all of technology available to us, but in many ways that has dumbed us down and caused us to be overwhelmed by the information. It puts us in a place of not wanting to ask, not wanting to seek, and not wanting to knock on doors available. If there isn’t an easy answer to the question, we don’t want to take the time to search. If it isn’t available instantly, we give up.
I’m watching this in my pre-teens and teens. It is almost easier to just give up than it is to actually search for something. The desire to find an answer has gone away because most answers are at their fingertips. All they have to do is use Google and there it is! So, when there isn’t a “Google answer” for something, they don’t know what to do.
We all know that the difficult questions are the ones we really need in order to live LIFE to the fullest. We all know that finding answers to WHO God is and how He is relevant to us today is the key to living a LIFE of abundance and JOY. And yet, those are the ones we give up on because there is no “easy answer.” We can’t “Google God” and make Him relevant to our lives today. We can’t “Google God” and have an experience that brings the Holy Spirit to us.
I’m not saying that God can’t use technology to help us understand Him. We can read His Word on the computer. We can search and find testimonies of others who have found answers. Reality is, we have to use our inner STRENGTH and rely on HIM to help us find the answers. We have to have FAITH that HE will show us. We have to BELIEVE that HE LOVES US and cares.
Take time today to KEEP ASKING, KEEP SEEKING, and KEEP KNOCKING. He is faithful and will bring the answer.
Love and blessings,
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