Beyond the Manger: December 22, 2015

Matthew 7:7-11

7 “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? 10 Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:7-11

7 Just ask and it will be given to you; seek after it and you will find. Continue to knock and the door will be opened for you. 8 All who ask receive. Those who seek, find what they seek. And he who knocks, will have the door opened.9 Think of it this way: if your son asked you for bread, would you give him a stone? Of course not—you would give him a loaf of bread. 10 If your son asked for a fish, would you give him a snake? No, to be sure, you would give him a fish—the best fish you could find. 11 So if you, who are sinful, know how to give your children good gifts, how much more so does your Father in heaven, who is perfect, know how to give great gifts to His children!

Devotional Content

It is the season for gift giving!  I hope it is fun for you and not a burden.  Who among us does not enjoy giving gifts to children?  Don’t you just love it when something simple and from the heart brings joy to their eyes!  And how much more does God love to give good gifts to his children!

I love this passage of Scripture.  It provides instruction and promise for our lives.  “Ask, and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.”  The words represent a beautiful simplicity that arrives in a profound package.  It is profound because those who ask will receive, those who seek will find, and everyone who knocks will find an open door.

I especially love the image of an open door because that is the real promise from this passage.  The open door invites us to walk in, look around, and to find a home.  Why? Because God loves to give good gifts to the children of God.

As we stand at the threshold of the Christmas season I want to invite you to take a moment to do exactly what the passage invites us to do.  Take time to ask, take time to seek, and above all; take time to knock so the door of life will be opened to you once again.  When it opens, take a step of faith and know the blessing of God in your life


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