THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
Mathew chapters 5, 6, 7
Please re-read Mathew 7:7-12
7 “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.
I am sure that some who read this think about becoming rich or famous. Both of those sound attractive to an earthly being. Would either of those be in God’s will for you? There is a television ad running right now that a man finds a genie’s lamp and rubs it. He asks for one million bucks. He gets one million antlered deer. That was not his original intention. If you are asking or seeking something from God insure that it is God’s will you are trying to abide by. I had a friend that told me about his sister dying from cancer. He prayed continuously for her healing but she died. He felt angry at God how could he let a young woman die? Did he not pray for healing as did others? Then he went on to say that days later he had a dream that his sister came to him and said she was fine she had been healed. That further infuriated his feelings. He told his mother about his feelings and that he had a dream which he described to his mother and she answered wasn’t the dress she had on beautiful? She had the same dream. She was alive with God and her body had been made whole. The prayers were answer just not as we had wished they would be.
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! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
We have found the Golden rule. Verse 12 is quoted in most religions. I guess they thought that is was a good idea. God is asking here that we treat others the same way we expect to be treated.
If you have a mechanic that you are working with, screaming at you because of a mistake or something of that nature you made. How much listening are you doing? What is being taught to the junior mechanic? Most of us can relate to a superior in business demeaning you in private or public. How did that go for you? Did you listen or shut down. If the people who do the demeaning were polite and point out what went wrong and how you can avoid that issue in the future things would have gone much better.It is no different with God. If we are in God’s plan and asking for what we believe we need that is within the plan the prayer may be answered. I say may because his plan may be different than what you expect it to be. No is an answer just one we don’t like to hear.
Read up on these verses. There is a lot more out there than I can say in a short blog. This was part of the Sermon on the Mount, one of Jesus greatest teachings. We need to take heed and try to attain his goals for us.