In Matthew 11:5–8, it tells the story of some guy who knocks on his neighbour’s door in the middle of the night to ask to borrow some bread. The neighbour mutters to himself, rolls over, grumbles, rolls over some more and finally, because he can’t stand the guy’s continual knocking, opens up and gives the guy what he wants. All because he wouldn’t stop knocking. You see, God admires persistence. It’s not that He wants us to be rude, He wants us to know what love He has for us. He invites us to ask for what we need so that we will experience that love. He makes it pretty clear—‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.’ (Matthew 7:7 NKJ) If you want to hear from God, start up the conversation. Ask Him to speak. Don’t shout out from a distance, go right up to the door of His Word and knock. Steadily. He’s already on the other side of the door, waiting to answer. But don’t hightail it outta there as soon as you’ve pressed the buzzer once. Stay there, and make sure you’re ready for His response. It’s no good asking anything of God if you don’t make space and silence to hear back. Stay parked at the door of His Word, reading it carefully and you’ll find what you truly seek.
SoulFood: Neh 11-13; Luke 22:14-23; Ps 78:56-64; Pro 24:5-10
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2014 UCB International Ltd