Read: Matthew 7:7-11

And to the one who knocks it will be opened. (v. 8)

Life is good for Bert and John Jacobs, but it wasn’t always. In the early ’90s, these brothers had one goal: sell T-shirts featuring their designs. With a used minivan and a dream, they went door-to-door on college campuses and set up shop at street fairs selling shirts. Their income was low and inconsistent for several years until one of their sketches, a simple man with a smile, catapulted them into success. Today, that simple-sketch man is the icon for their business that started as a dream. They didn’t give up and doors finally opened.

Jesus is clear. Ask for what you want and get it. Search for what you want and find it. Knock for what you want, and the door will open (v. 8). In Matthew 19, a rich man wants eternal life. He no longer pursues it because he won’t part with his wealth. By contrast, a sick woman keeps looking for a cure. Even after spending all her money on doctors, she pursues Jesus for healing (Mark 5:25-34). Persistent people knock for what they want, and less resilient people let circumstances block what they want. The rich man blocked. The afflicted woman knocked. Which response is ours?

“When opportunity knocks, open the door,” says age-old wisdom. But what do we do when opportunity is locked behind the door? Biblical wisdom instructs us to knock and be confident God will open the door that is best for us. —Ericka Loynes

Prayer: Lord, give us courage to knock on closed doors and endurance to wait for them to open.