Effort

Effort

Today’s Scripture Selection: Matthew 7:7-8

“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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

I’ve always loved these encouraging words spoken by Jesus, assuring us of God’s willingness to help us find the answers – the Way – we most desperately need in life.

I’ve also been struck by the fact that these words point toward, not just encouragement, but also effort.

Another way of saying this is that persistence is part of the plan.

  • Ask
  • Seek
  • Knock

Clearly, the way to discern God’s will and desire for you and your life isn’t to just sit quietly and wait until God comes knocking, at least not all the time.

Yes, there are times when we need to stop all our frenzied activity and “Be still, and know” that God is God.  Prayerful meditation and quietly waiting for an encounter with God is sometimes exactly what we need to do.

But there are also times when we need to take the initiative.  In fact, I would even argue that sometimes what seems like mere waiting for something to happen is taking the initiative; is knocking on God’s door.

And at other times, the effort needed is even clearer.

  • Reading scripture
  • Talking to a fellow pilgrim in the faith
  • Talking to a trusted pastor or counselor
  • Become involved, or more involved, in a new way to worship, serve, and praise God
  • Find someone else who needs God and help that person find God

These are all ways we can make the effort to reach God – all the while knowing and trusting God wants to reach you.

“Seek, and you shall find.”

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your ever present willingness to reach and be reached.  AMEN.

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