“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Matthew 7:7 NIV
An Open Door
Quebec is home to dozens of the oldest buildings in Canada, but the Maison des Jésuites-de-Sillery is the oldest in the entire country. Built in 1637, it was part of the first establishment built in New France by the Jesuits, who were on a mission to evangelize the Indigenous population. You can still enter the ancient doors of this building – it is now a museum offering insight into the impact of the European’s arrival on Aboriginal communities.
The pagan gods of the nations surrounding Israel were fickle. You never knew if you were going to do something that would set them off – and then you’d better watch out! You often have to beg to get their attention and you never did – not surprising, because they didn’t exist! We see this clearly in the battle between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Baal’s prophets danced, begged, yelled and cut themselves trying to get his attention, and … nothing! What a contrast to what Jesus says to His followers in Matthew 7:7: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” God invites us to ask Him for what we need. He encourages us to come to Him and enter into His presence. The moment Elijah asked the Lord to send the fire for the altar God sent the fire. No matter what you need today, God invites you to come and ask. This is an amazing privilege – given only to those who have become His children through faith in Jesus. Take advantage of the invitation – ask, seek, knock. Then wait in expectation for God to respond. He will.
These have been words from the heart.