This post is Day 10 in a series of studies about “Doors & Gates”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Doors & Gates – Day 10
God wants to be a Father to us; a good Father who gives good things to His children. Whatever we want or need, He is ready to co-operate. But in His wisdom He only gives us what we can cope with at this stage of our lives, whatever that is.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Twice in these two verses we read that if we knock the door will be opened to us. What do you think Jesus means by this? The door to where? Anywhere? Or is He speaking about getting into Heaven? Maybe. But let’s look a bit deeper.
This passage comes in the second part of the “Sermon on the Mount” which Jesus gave to the multitudes who followed Him. They were fascinated by all they were hearing, and the way He was teaching them about everyday life. In the middle of the previous chapter we read The Lord’s Prayer when Jesus was telling the people, and us today, that God wants to be a Father to us; a good Father who gives good things to His children.
If your experience has been a good family upbringing, you know that a good father will never keep his child standing on the doorstep. He will rush to open the door and be happy to see you whatever the reason for your visit. That’s our Father God. Whatever we want or need, He is ready to co-operate. But in His wisdom He only gives us what we can cope with at this stage of our lives, whatever that is.
Spend some time today thinking about your relationship with your earthly father. Rejoice if you had (have) a really good one. Forgive if there is a need to do so, and once you have forgiven ask Father God to help you forget and to bless him.
Pray for those who you know who don’t have a good relationship with their fathers.