“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him, (Matthew 7:7-11)
Almost every city in the United States has a convenience store, that local retail outlet that is usually open 24 hours a day, where you can buy almost anything you need, when you don’t have time to go the large market where you normally buy your weekly provisions. In California (and probably even in your state), the biggest and most well known is the 7-Eleven. And probably the busiest small shop in your neighborhood.
It’s interesting that the above group scripture speaks to the issue of asking God for the things you want and desire, but many miss the more succinct message being conveyed. Sadly, many of us look to God (on a 24 hour basis) to provide us gifts that may not necessarily be what we need. This past Christmas, most of us went all out to buy gifts for our family members, which include luxuries they did not necessarily need, but stuff we felt would ingratiate them to us through our largess.
Many may agree or disagree with this mind-set, but, in reality there is an inherent nature for us to bless those who are closest to us, and that’s not all that bad. However, after we open the gifts, play with them or use them all the time, my deep feeling is that the even more important aspect to relationships is fellowship, and appreciation for each other. This is inherently what I believe God seeks from His children.
The above scripture actually conveys this to us and the key to understand better this group of scripture is the word GIFTS, which we find in verse 11. We read:
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him, (Matthew 7:11)
However, upon closer examination of the word gifts, we find the Greek word there is doma, which has a more profound message we need to understand. While the word does represent a present, it is not always a gratuitous or wholly unsuggestive of recompense, but rather, it denotes it is a gratuity, hence the benefactions of a sovereign, which God confers as possessor of all things. In essence its deeper meaning is more so an expression of God’s favor.
The following is a Commentary by one classical theologian, Matthew Henry, who brings these verses into greater clarity.
Our eternal reward is guaranteed as we abide in Him and endure to the very end.
By the way, the next time you go to the 7-Eleven, don’t forget to pick up some of those hot wings! They are awesome!