Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 7:7-11 (NKJV) "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 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!
What Truth is Revealed? The interaction between us and our Heavenly Father is shaped by our “view” of Him. Many people view the Father as being disconnected from the concerns of our everyday lives. As if He is uninterested, apathetic, and uninvolved. Jesus paints a very different picture. The Father that Jesus speaks of is a Good Father and responds to His children.
What is the Command/Wisdom or Promise? Jesus tells us to reach out to our Heavenly Father. To ask, to seek and to knock. He goes on to tell us that if we persist we will receive, we will find, and the door will be open. Jesus completes this portion of teaching giving us insight concerning the nature of God. He tells us that if earthly fathers give good gifts to their children, how much more will our Father who is in heaven respond to His children. In a nutshell, Jesus is telling us that our Father in heaven is good!
What Does This Mean to Me and What Action Should I Take? I need to let the idea of a “Good Father” take root in my mind. If I view God as a Good Father, it will shape the prayers that I pray and the nature of the petitions that I present. It also means that I “carry with me” a sense of well-being, knowing that not only do I serve God, but I am also His son.
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As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.