9 "And so I (Jesus)tell you,
keep on asking,
and you will receive what you ask for.
Keep on seeking,
and you will find.
Keep on knocking,
and the door will be opened to you.
10 For everyone who asks,
Everyone who seeks,
And to everyone who knocks,
the door will be opened.
11 "You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?
12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion?
Of course not!
13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him."
It was probably a year ago I was reading this passage when 2 words struck me as 2 important ones...
God seemed to whisper to me to “keep on” - don't give up.
Jesus basically reminds us to keep moving forward, to not give up, for what we are moving toward will finally come to us.
How does that apply to us?
Each of us is moving toward something God has for us. Sometimes we don't know what that is, sometimes we do.
Jesus would seem to tell us here to keep moving forward with Him (& not look backwards). The destination may not be clear, the purpose may escape us, how we'll get there may not be evident.
But one thing is clear – Jesus will be with us as we “keep on”.
Is that interpretation of those few verses a bit of a stretch?
I hope not. It has helped me through this particular season.
Many of us may have a hard time connect with the concept of God as Father because our experience with our earthly fathers was not what it should be.
Louie Giglio preached a 3 part sermon series about God as a perfect father.
One of the many power statements he made was to those who don't have good father models.
Louie suggests that we think about what we would consider a perfect father to be like.
And then realize that God, who wants us to think of Him as our Father, is INFINITELY more a perfect Father than we can consider or conceive.
That was a REAL “ah ha” moment for me – maybe you too?