The Trip

Wednesday 4/15/2020                                                                      

(Matt.7:7-11)

Are we there yet? That whiny, whimpering question.

How much farther? The last nerve fixing to stop the car question.

Most of us have dealt with these questions as we take our children on trips more than a city block.

We tend to look at these questions as childish, immature, and impatient, coming from a childlike mental capacity.

Truth bomb! Many of us are asking these questions today.

How much longer? Can I go places yet? What’s going to happen next?

In what we refer to as “The Sermon on the Mount”, Jesus is laying out some Godly principles that rocked the then known world. Like many today, they had a Wizard of Oz mentality of God.

Here Jesus is opening their eyes to the fact that God really loves His creation and desires the best for it. Because He is Holy and Just, He will not lower the standard to appease a wicked hearted people, but instead empowers them to live righteous.

  • Ask!
    •  In the original language, according to scholars, Jesus is talking about persistent asking. Continuous seeking. Relentless knocking.
      • Jesus is telling us to be a heavenly pest. Like a child on a trip.
    • The reason behind such action is that it reveals a real desire to contact, know, understand what God is about and doing.
      • This is not a doubting, pessimistic, “why me Lord”, attitude. On the contrary.
      • Jesus is referring to the Proverbs 2 attitude.( Pr 2:1-5) My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; (2 )So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; (3 )Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; (4) If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; (5) Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
    • You must do everything in your power to know and understand God’s will.
      • He wants you to persevere, to finish what you begun.
      • Remember what Paul told the Christians in Philippi? (Php 2:12) Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
    • This is a major deficiency in the modern church that Satan uses very well.
      • Few willing to incline their ear to Godly wisdom. To apply their heart to understanding. To cry after knowledge and lift up their voice for understanding.
      • The reason many inside the church don’t know the fear of the Lord, continue to fall short of God’s will, is until God means as much to them as lining their pockets, cleaning their house, entertaining friends, investing in their hobbies, fulfilling their fleeting pleasures; they will always find themselves fighting against His truth.
      • Would to God that those who claim allegiance to Him, was as excited about His coming back as they are about seeing the stimulus checks. (btw that few will tithe on.)
    • To ask, seek, knock, is imperative in searching for clarity of call and direction of the Lord.
      • Here in lies the reason why all too often there is division in the body.
      • Well meaning, sold out, but impatient believers catching wind instead of wisdom.
  • In Jerimiah. God gives the prophet a promise.
    • (Jer 33:3) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
      • This is what Jesus is telling us here in the Gospel of Matthew. That His Father is wanting us to call out to Him. He is waiting to pour out great and mighty things.
      • Note this. It is not that God will give you every detail, but will give you enough to know it is Him and you can trust Him.
  • Now in unprecedented times for us.
    • God is not asking us to be mindless zombies like followers. He is not looking for unintelligent morons.
      • In the context of those who seek to defame you. To ridicule you. Peter says: (1Pe 3:15) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
    • This is not the time to get religious, to get churchy. It is the time to shed ourselves of religious pride. Of shameless self-serving superiorities.
      •  We need to be persistent asking. Continuous seeking, and relentless knocking.
      • This is not a time of plague for us, as much as it is a time for parley.
    • This is an awakening, a revival, for many the light has been turned on. Sadly still for others, when this subsides it will business as usual.

Which one are you?

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