The first scripture to ponder in “Oxygen” includes Matthew 7:7-8: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
This led to a lot of thought on my part. i focused on the three major parts of these verses: Ask, Seek, and Knock.
It appears to me that there is an order here: Ask first, then seek, and finally knock. Yeah, no kidding. That’s what it says.
But there’s more to it than that. Today let’s look at the “ask” part. We’ll examine “seek” and “knock” later.
According to this verse, the very first thing we are to do is ask. James 4:2 says that if we we don’t have something, it’s because we don’t ask.
We know that God is all-knowing, so perhaps we just expect Him to fill all our needs. God isn’t a genie who grants wishes, or a minion who lives to serve us and give us a happy, stress-free life. He wants good things for us. He wants to bless us. But He also wants us to ask for it.
Picture your child walking into the kitchen after school and opening the refrigerator. He looks around for a few minutes, then returns to the couch to watch cartoons. Would you immediately prepare something and deliver it to him on the couch?
Because he didn’t ask for anything.
A few minutes later, he yells at you from the next room, “Where is my milk?”
Did you know what he wanted from the refrigerator? Maybe. Did he ask you for anything? No. So how do you feel at this point? If you’re like me, annoyed because your child was rude and demanding.
How many times do we act like that child, expecting God to meet our needs when we don’t ask for what we require, and getting angry when He doesn’t deliver? God never leaves us or forsakes us, but i’ll bet we sure make Him crazy sometimes!
This isn’t just about asking for material things, either. (It shouldn’t be all about that, anyway!) Sure, we all ask for monetary provision, or to win the lottery, or for a new house or car. But this also applies to asking God for other important things, like wisdom, peace, and guidance.
God doesn’t want us trying to figure out life on our own – He wants to be an integral part of it. But He wants us to ask Him to join us.
Think about this: are you asking God enough?
i know i don’t.