Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened.
Bear with me for a moment. Is Christ the solution to all our problems or is Christ the cause of all our problems? He allows his children to go off and play and scrape their knees. He allows them to wander alone in the forest and get lost. Christ is not the solution to our problems; he is the cause of our problems! Our problems are his making and our opportunities; His teaching and our education.
A while back an 11-year-old autistic girl, Nadia Bloom, wandered off into the gator infested swamps of Florida and got lost. She had been missing for five days until a Church pastor discovered her, covered in mosquito bites. It was a miracle. We know it was a miracle because the pastor, part of the rescue team, had decided to go out early in the morning and search for the little girl on his own. He said he kept hearing a voice inside him telling him which direction to turn and where to go. The voice must have come from above because he found her! Why does the Lord allow us to get lost? Why does the Lord allow us to suffer pain and misery? Is he not the cause of all our problems? Yes, he is. But he is also the solution to our biggest problems: Sin, death and Hell.
Jesus tells us that we have a direct line to him. Whether we see it or not, we don’t really struggle with our problems, our fears, our lives, our friends, or our families. The struggle is really with Him! There is something more profound with this Gospel passage than meets the eye. “Ask and you shall receive”. Christ is much more than a means to an end. “Seek and you shall find.” He is more than a map maker. “Knock and the door shall be opened.” Jesus is more than a secret knock that unlocks a mysterious door. Christ is more than all these things. He is more than a means to an end. He is the end of my life. He is the rope at the end of my life, and when he yanks on it, I move – regardless of if I like it or not.
Allow Christ to be at the end of your rope. Allow him to yank it towards Him. Otherwise, you will look for something less sturdy like a tree and end up swinging like Judas! Christ will always lift you up! Judas had to be pulled down.
The Lord gives us problems so that we will ask, seek and knock. Let us ask the Lord to give us the strength and courage to give what He wants and to take what He gives.
Only Jesus can take a problem and turn it into a blessing.
Only Jesus can take the cross, a symbol of hatred, evil, torture and death and turn it into the symbol of faith, hope, perseverance, dedication, sacrifice and love.
Only Christ can take my life and have it be loved by another.
Only Christ can turn night into day, mourning into morning, and sin into grace.
Only Christ can take a horrible Friday and make it “Good” Friday.