Daily Readings: Genesis 17-18, Psalm 7, Matthew 7
“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.” –Matthew 7:7-8
It is extremely tempting in today’s instant gratification world to want to make the following subtle changes to this classic Christian verse:
“Ask and it will be given to you the very same day…or at least that week; seek and you will find without too much looking; knock and the door will be opened to you on the very first knock. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
We want God to operate a lot like room service at a fancy hotel. “God, I prayed, and you sure are taking your sweet time! Let’s move this along! What happened to all of those promises about praying with faith?!”
I love that this verse in Matthew today came on the same day as the story of Abraham and Sarah. God made a promise to Abraham back in Genesis 15 that he would be the father of many nations and his descendants would be numerous than the stars in the sky even though at the time he was already an old man with no children and yet Abraham had faith. However, ten more years passed with no child and Sarah, Abraham’s wife began to think it was not possible and gave her servant Hagar to Abraham so that she could carry his child. This results in all sorts of complications and challenges like most times in life when we choose to disbelieve God, grow impatient, and take matters into our own hands.
Fast forward to when Abraham was 99 years old, 25 years after the original promise had been made to him that he would be a father of many nations and we see this in today’s verses:
“Then one of them said, ‘I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.’
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, ‘After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?’
Then the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
Our God is always faithful.
In today’s fast paced world I struggled to wait 25 minutes for something. If I feel like God has put on my heart the correct course of action I want to immediate results. 25 days would cause me to get restless. I can’t imagine 25 years! Perhaps you can relate.
I wonder how many times in my life I have asked and would have received had I had the patience to wait instead of losing faith so quickly. I wonder how many times I gave up seeking right when I was about to find. I wonder how many times I have stood on the doorstep of God’s calling for that season in my life knocking, but turned around when one more knock would have seen the door opened to me.
As Christians in the marketplace we are called to have faith. If God has put you where he has put you with a vision for why you are there, it is so important to have the type of faith that Abraham had.
I am sure that there have been many times in my life when I have given up too early. However, there has been MANY times where I felt like I wanted to give up but knocked one more time and the LORD showed up. He always does. Just not always in the way I expect or on my exact timeline.
Thought to ponder
Where in my life am I currently showing impatience towards God’s plan? Where do I need to have a 25 year vision and have the faith that Abraham had instead of a western world faith that requires God to act immediately or I will lose that faith?