We have been pondering these 3 methods for pursuing the hand of God in our lives, Ask, Seek, and Knock, each with its corresponding promise.
Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened. ~ Matthew 7:7-8 NASB
Today, I want to take you to a story about knocking, but not on a door.
Elisha, man of God, doubly anointed successor of the great prophet Elijah, raiser of the dead, floater of ax heads, lay dying.
The king at the time, Joash, came to visit. Joash could see that Elisha was dying, and he (Joash) was distraught. As it happens, the nation was in conflict at the time, and as every warring king knows, it always good to have a prophet on your side.
Elisha tells Joash to take his bow and with Elisha’s hand covering the kings, he has him shoot an arrow out the window
And he said, “Open the window toward the east,” and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot!” And he shot. And he said, “The LORD’S arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Aram; for you shall defeat the Arameans at Aphek until you have destroyed them.” ~ 2 Kings 13:17 NASB
Next the prophet has the king take - well – here, you read it:
Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground,” and he struck it three times and stopped. ~ 2 Kings 13:18
So this could have gone two ways, but the king never realized that he was being observed.
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Check out Elisha’s reaction here to the kings halfhearted knocking.
So the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck five or six times, then you would have struck Aram until you would have destroyed it. But now you shall strike Aram only three times.” ~ 2 Kings 13:19
When God, through His prophet, or through our inner witness, or through the clear teaching of the Word of God, gives you a task to do, do it like it is the reason you were born.
God is honored when we obey Him, love Him, with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.
So when He says knock, get knocking.
See you tomorrow.