Lessons from Jesus

Ask Seek Knock

Matthew 7:7 – Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

As with all scripture, a verse needs to be understood within the context in which it is given. Through the Beatitudes Jesus explained how we should conduct ourselves, which is driven by our purpose – to be salt and light. Understanding our position and purpose in Christ guides us through our perception of God’s law to the perfect fulfilment of it in our conduct toward each other. How we give, how we pray, how we fast, along with concerns over earthly provisions reflect our relationship with our heavenly Father and our conduct toward Him.

Mastering all of this is far from easy because life is never straightforward. I firmly believe that God’s word is our handbook to daily living but it doesn’t list every single situation that you will find yourself in. There isn’t an index at the back of the Bible entitled Everyday Circumstance where you can look up Buying a new car, Which University, Moving Church, Writing a devotional. This is where Matthew 7:7 comes in. Jesus is highlighting the importance of communication with the Father. He is saying that if you are struggling with something or unsure about anything, then ask God about it, seek out the answer and the door of heaven’s will can be opened to you.

Jesus wants His followers to rely on His guidance for every situation that life presents. He wants us to ask how to deal with difficult interactions, He wants us to seek His approach in handling conflict, He wants us to pursue the Father’s will here and now. He also wants us to come with confidence and with the assurance that it will be given, you will find, and it will be opened to you.

No matter what you are facing or what the day brings, take it to God and ask Him to help you find the right answer, the right approach and the right attitude in all that you do.

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