A Promise Sure
How do we search for God? Do we look for Him like we would someone we look up to, someone we trust, someone we need, someone we appreciate? Would we look at God as our Father?
I’m reading today from the works of Rev. Ken Koeman*, who says the search for God begins with an ironclad promise from Jesus: everyone who looks for God will surely find him. No one comes up empty. All who launch a quest for God can be sure, at the very start, that they will reach their destination. If we ask God to show himself to us, he will. If we knock on his door, it will open to us.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus says that if we ask God to show himself to us, he will. To drive the point home, Jesus compares God with human fathers. Though some fathers terribly neglect or abuse their children, it’s generally true that most fathers have a tender spot in their heart for their own flesh and blood. Many fathers will even lavish their children with more than we might expect.
For example, the ruthless gangster Al Capone loved his boy Sonny so much that when the lad reached his tenth birthday, his father granted his request for a big party—and invited 50 of his friends to come to their home for the celebration. Surprising generosity from a crook and a murderer! But the criminal was also a dad.
So if we consider examples like that, how much more can we count on our Father in heaven, who loves all of us far more than we can ask or imagine! The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians said God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Eph 3:20) The Father will respond in generous love and grace to all who seek him. It’s impossible for anyone to fail if they really are searching for God, says Jesus. That’s because he is out searching for us even before we begin.
Do you labor over something sometimes and can’t seem to make any progress? Do you have a big job in front of you today? Is there a huge task that seems unsurmountable? Having trouble getting started?
Have you given it to God? To borrow some words from a familiar advertising slogan: Like a good father, our Father is there.
Have you checked with “Dad” first?
*Devotional message compiled by Jim Huber, with commentary from “A Promise Sure” by Rev. Kenneth Koeman; Today: Refresh, Refocus, Renew; www.today.reframemedia.com; February 1, 2010.