Thursday Reflection – November 28, 2019
Ask, Seek and Knock for God gives good gifts
“If you then who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11
“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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Our reflection is centered on this statement made by Jesus in St. Matthew 7: 7-8. Jesus, teaching the crowd on the mount, then went on to say, “Which of you, if your son asks of bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
Friends, the text speaks to the ability of God to provide good gifts to those who ask, seek and knock. It reassures that God will not give us gifts that will harm us and it uses parents to drive this point home. If a child request from a parent bread, then in more cases than not the parent will give the child bread or a close enough substitute if bread is not available for the child in that situation. What the parent will not do is give a stone as a substitute for bread, hence parents know how to give good gifts to their child. Now we all know as humans we have our sinful ways, for we were born in sin and shaped in iniquity. However, despite this nature about us, we still give good gifts to children.
Now if we ask, seek and knock then imagine how much more will God provide for us, if God is considered to be the epitome of righteousness. But there is a condition at play here. Jesus begins the passage by saying “ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” I believe it is in the asking, seeking and knocking that God will provide you with the good gift that you desire. Also I believe that Jesus is deliberate in how he structures this thought. He begins with asking… Then moves to seeking… Then to knocking. Once we do this there is no doubt that God will provide the good gifts we need.
I want to highlight that just as how a parent knows which gift is good for their child so too does the Lord. So God knows if what we are asking for is beneficial to us or not. Sometimes as children we think we know what we want or what is beneficial to us. We stretch for the hot pot not knowing it will burn us and so God doesn’t give us that gift but something better, but likewise we stretch for the hot pot and God allows us to get burn for it is then we will learn that hot pot is not good for us. However, you look at it God knows what is good for us and we can trust that God has our best interest at heart.
Until next week Blessings!