Don’t Give Up
In Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus wrote these words on prayer:
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Sometimes God seems so close that all you have to do is ask and you hear his voice. Sometimes he seems distant and you have to seek him before he can be found. But sometimes the distance is more than empty space, sometimes the door is closed, locked and all you can do is knock.
I learned in seminary that the verbs, ask, seek, and knock because of the Greek tense, could likely be translated with the words, “keep on.” Keep on asking. Keep on seeking. Keep on knocking. For everyone who keeps on asking will receive; the one who keeps on seeking will find; and to the one who keeps on knocking, the door will be opened.
So in those times when he is silent, keep asking. In those times when he seems distant, keep seeking. In those times when it feels like you are on the outside of home and the door is locked, keep knocking.
I’m not sure what you are asking for, what you are seeking, or what door you find yourself beating down, but what if, Jesus is really saying, “If you keep asking you will hear my voice. If you keep seeking you will find my presence. If you keep knocking, you will find a home.”
If that’s the case, the point is… don’t give up. Don’t you dare give up. You might be just a moment away from the everything your heart truly desires or you might be years away. Either way. Don’t give up.