By: Mia L. Hazlett
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
One of the things I consider to be human nature is happiness. Ultimately we all want to be happy. We want happiness in our relationships (parental, marital, friendships, familial.) Basically, whoever is going to surround us on some consistent basis; we want to feel happy around them. We want happiness with our employment (our boss, colleagues, what we do, and the environment we do it in.) We want to be surrounded by happiness always.
Now you may be thinking of some people who are absolutely miserable. They are always negative and exude a toxicity which repels people from wanting to be around them. They want happiness too. There is a profound difference in not knowing how to be happy and not wanting to be happy. I have met plenty of people who don’t know how to be happy (I used to be one of them), but I have yet to meet someone who does not want happiness. The reason I know they want happiness; I deliver to them a utopia world, “If you could ask God for anything, what would it be?” Their response ultimately come down to what they believe would make them happy.
Now if you read what Matthew 7:7 says, God requires your participation. He tells you to do three specific things: Ask, Seek, and Knock. These are all action words. You are going to have to participate for this verse to be fulfilled – or not. You can choose to do nothing. But if you choose to do nothing, than expect to be given nothing, to find nothing, and for no doors to be open. For example, I hear people complain about how much they hate their jobs. “Are you looking for a new one?” They respond, “No.” No action. No results.
The one thing you must acknowledge when you request that God honor Matthew 7:7, is His Will. When we look at several verses in the Bible we must understand there is more to it than just asking, seeking, and knocking. God is not hanging around waiting to just give us anything we want. There is a list of commandments (Exodus 20:3-17,) that He wants us to keep in accordance to His Will for us. It states in Deuteronomy 10:12-13, “what does the lord your God ask of you…observe lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.” There is a lot that is said in those verses of both Exodus and Deuteronomy that can have a direct effect on what you are asking, seeking, and, knocking for. For Exodus 20 3-17 gives you God’s commandments and then Deuteronomy 10:12-13 tells you to “observe” them. In other translations it says, “keep” or “obey,” but ultimately God’s Will wants you to follow His commandments.
But I want you to really examine the last line stated in Deuteronomy 10:13, “…for your own good.” God wants us to obey His commandments for our own good. So although you may actually take action and ask, seek, and knock, don’t become frustrated when it is not given, found, or opened. Because two things could be taking place, what you’re asking for, seeking, or the door you’re knocking on, may lead you to disobey God’s commandments or cause someone else to. Or it may not be for your own good. Because we are reminded about asking for things selfishly through James 4:3 “You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your own pleasure.”
For example, can you ask God to bless your fornication with a married man/woman? Isn’t the husband/wife commanded not to commit adultery and you not to covet your neighbor’s house? Now if you do end up with what you want, know it was not out of God’s will for the husband/wife to commit adultery and for you to succeed in coveting your neighbor’s husband/wife. That is man’s free will to disobey God’s commandment, not God coming down and blessing your union. So how could God allow this dream of yours to come true? How, if you prayed for the demise of your lover’s marriage and now you have them to yourself, could this not be a blessing from God? It’s because you can’t see on the other side of that door you are knocking on. Your presence in this marriage could be well known by your lover’s spouse and the spouse is asking for God’s blessing to end the marriage. There could be a wife or husband full of God and seeking God’s Will to bless them with joy and happiness again. Because as stated before; we all want happiness. God will bless a divorce through Matthew 5:32 “But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, EXCEPT for marital unfaithfulness…” There is a blessing that took place through your adulterous relationship, but it is not yours to claim although you knocked. So make sure you know who’s opening the doors for you, because the devil’s temptation may look like your dream come true.
All biblical quotes are from the New International Version Bible (Copyright 1984)