Knock, Knock! Is Anybody There? Part 2

Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;” (Psalm 25:3 NASB).

Last week I told you about my little neighbor, Philip, who had a tendency to walk in our house whenever he wanted. I told him that he couldn’t walk right in, but had to knock first. So the next day he knocked, and then when I didn’t answer the door, he walked right in.

“Philip,” I scolded, “I thought I told you to knock.”

“I did,” he said, “But you didn’t come. So I came on in.”

Mercy! We looked at how quickly we knock (ask God for direction in prayer), but how reluctant we are to wait for the answer before plowing ahead. Let’s look at that again today.

Many problems and messes in our lives come from not waiting on God’s answer before we move forward and forge ahead with our own desires without hearing clear direction from God.

Silence from God does not mean “go ahead, do what you want to do.” God not saying “no” cannot be interpreted as God saying “yes.”  I’m not sure if that sentence is even grammatically correct, but it is scripturally accurate.

“God didn’t stop me from buying that house, so I did it.”  “God didn’t stop me from marrying that man, so I did it.” “God didn’t stop me from sleeping with that boy, so I did it.” Oh my. “I knocked and you didn’t answer, so I came on in.”

If you aren’t hearing from God in a particular area of your life, here are a few questions to consider.

  • Are you obeying what He already has told you to do?
  • Are you living your life according to the principles He already has mapped out for you?
  • Are you asking for direction in one area of your life, and yet knowingly disobeying Him in another?

Perhaps God is waiting for you to do something He already has told you to do, before He tells you the next thing or gives you further direction.

Now let’s go back to Philip. He knocked and I didn’t come to the door. So what should he have done? Knock again? Sat by the door and waited for me to come? Come back another day? Ring the doorbell a hundred times until I got tired of hearing it and opened the door? There are many other options, but walking through the door was not one of them. Are you tracking with me here?

I put my arms around this lump of love and tried to explain. “Philip, I just don’t want you to get hurt. You might walk into someone’s home and scare them? They might think you are a robber? It could be very dangerous. You have to knock and then wait for someone to open the door and invite you in.”

“OK,” he moaned with a singsongy huff of frustration.

I’m not sure he really understood, but after that day, Philip restrained his urge to walk into our house whenever he wanted.

I’m going to visit this topic one more time, but let me give you a few days to chew on this post. Next time I’ll share about a time when I knocked, but was met with God’s silence.

Let me pray for us:  LORD, I’m knocking. Help me to wait until you answer to move ahead. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Here’s some thoughts to ponder:
What do you tend to do when you don’t know what to do?

What do you tend to do when you don’t hear God’s answer or direction right away?

Look up the following passage and note how long Moses waited until God spoke to him on the mountain. Exodus 24:15-18

What happened in the valley below when the people got tired of waiting for God to give them direction through Moses? Exodus 32

Have you been knocking and waiting for God to answer? Tell me what I can be praying about for you today. I may not be able to respond with an email to each one, but I can promise to pray for you.

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20 Responses to Knock, Knock! Is Anybody There? Part 2

  1. Ann April 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    I’m trusting God to tell me if and when to invite my husband back into our home. I pray that I will hear God clearly on this decision and that I wait for His will to unfold. I’m knocking. I’m waiting. Oh Lord, hear my cry.

  2. Barbara Ruark April 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    I am writing because I got this email today as I was home from work because my depression has knocked me for a loop. I have been praying for the past 10 years, since my divorce, to bring a christian man into my life. I am very lonely and desire to be held and loved by a man. I am 51 years old and I fear I will get old and never get to experience that. I was married for 25 years in a not very happy marriage. I desire a best friend and partner in my life. I desire for my depression to go away!

  3. Edie April 10, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Such good questions are put forth in this week’s devotional. They stir my heart to meditate on God’s word to guide my decision-making. How can we know that God is still there listening as we pray to silence? Only by trusting in His word that He will never leave us. What a blessing. A good reminder that everyone struggles from time to time with the same issues, and He is faithful.

  4. Kate April 10, 2012 at 1:42 am #

    I am working through the GIG devotional app and find that today’s study fits well with today’s blogpost. What am I believing God for today is giving me the wisdom and patience to see through the current marital turmoil in which I find myself. I know that I need to have the patience to hear what God wants from me in relation to my struges with my husband. Thank you, Sharon, for reminding me of this necessity.

  5. Tammy April 10, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    My husband too is out of our home. He left due to no work in our city. However, now he says he doesn’t want to be here anyway. We have both hurt each other over the years. While he has been gone the better part of a year I have been growing in the Lord and yet he (Marc) still says his heart is hard towards me. I know the Lord hates divorce and I do not want it either. But when does a woman finally say she has had enough of carrying the burden alone? I feel like a widow and long for the man I married to return to this life. I seek my Lord daily and do not hear. Please help me, in JESUS mighty name. AMEN

  6. Tracy April 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Goodmorning Sharon,
    Thank you for this message, im waitng for clear direction on so many areas of my life, my job, children, and a new relationship with the man GOD has prepared for me. It helps me to know although god may be silent at this time he is still at work in all areas of my life…Have a Blessed Day

  7. Billie April 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Hello Sharon
    Just a note to tell you God is sweeter today then ever before.
    I am 80yrs old and have been a Christain for many years but with raising a family and working outside the home my lije was oh so busy but became a widow ay 60ys old lost my great husband who came to Christ at the end. Over these years I have made wrong choices and did not wait for God to answer but through it all He was always there
    Waiting for me. My life now is so filled with His love I have come so much closer to Him
    and really do wake up each morning with joy and love in my heart . My life is wonderful HE(God) walks with me each and everyday.I love Life and my God. Billie

    • Sharon April 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

      Now that’s the kind of older woman I want to be:)

  8. Darlene April 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    God is so good. He knows how to sends a word just when you are need of a word from him. I am waiting on an answer and didnot know what to do. Thank you.

  9. Tina April 11, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    oh I dont know wat to say about my God!i am Praying for many answers to various areas of my life and for the time being i was getting impatient,but he is a faithful God,I will keep knocking Lord!!!

  10. Marla April 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I have a daughter that is going through depression and just being disobedient in her life to God and parent, she is an adult and now we have taken our grandchild because she has not been taking care of her. I prayed to God to tell me if we should take our grandchild and to show me what to to. I asked him to open the door if that is what he wanted. He opened the door and somtimes now i still wonder if i really heard from him. I am just trusing that it was the Lord guiding us in our decision. I will continue to seek his guidance in what we are to do about this situation. I understand it is hard to know how long to wait and if you really hear for the Lord.

  11. carina April 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    I think that is a sweet story, and love open homes, where people feel welcome.. .even if they have to knock first. while I whole heartedly agree in waiting on the Lord .. for direction in all we do.. I also believe we should and need to excersize all that He has given us already. I had a dream a few months ago, that I visited Heaven. BEAUUUUTIFUL. and there was GOd, and Jesus.. they told me.. they are always there loving.. and we have 100% choice on whether or not to have them in our lives. I think This is the freedom Jesus offers in His love is.. our freedom.. of choice. He also told me we live in a world at war btw light and dark. and it is up to us which side we are on.

    I know that may not fit into your blog perfectly, but what fascinates me.. Is something he was said to say .. in scripture ” That which I can do you can do, and more” !!! I truly believe that more people who follow Him.. could benefit.. from pushing themselves.. to explore this. Ie healing others etc. and while waiting on him is of utmost important, so is… doing.. as He instructed.

    God Bless.

  12. Kavita April 16, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    Hi this is in reference to Knock Knock Part 3 my answer is yes

  13. Toni April 16, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    I am waiting on God to answer my prayer for the restoration of my marriage. It’s been almost six months since my husband moved out of our home and I have been praying earnestly and waiting (not always patiently). I keep wondering when does no answer mean no.

  14. Lorraine April 16, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Your devotionals truely bless me! Thank you!

  15. Sheri April 17, 2012 at 3:01 am #

    I lost my best friend ~ my mother early last month. It has brought me to my knees. I cry out to God all the time, my body shakes inside to the point I feel like I’m gonna come out of my skin, I have knots in stomach daily, not getting proper sleep. I’ve been to the doctor, on two different meds…I’m seeing a christian therapist and continually praying God will heal my broken heart.

  16. Deb April 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    I have a sweet child after being told we would not be able to. We have wanted more, waited and since fostered hoping to adopt. It didn’t work out that way and was extremely hard. How do you know when to persevere and when you just can’t take no for an answer? Why would God not allow my child the blessing of a sibling? I know there is a reason, but some days, lots, it is hard with us watching all the sibling relationships around us. I have a hard time sitting and waiting and feel like I need to be doing my part….but getting too old.

  17. Elizabeth April 18, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    I’m waiting in God for a husband.

  18. joyah May 17, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    First and foremost my prayer is to have a closer relationship with the Lord. That He would increase wisdom and knowledge within me, that i would be an efect witness for the Kingdom of God operating in my optimumal capacity. That He would strengthen me on the journey, and that should i grow weary let the Holy Spirit speak in to my rememberance that which the Lord has spoken so i may continue to “fight the good fight and endure to the end.” We know that the race is not given to the swift.. in the name of Jesus. I also ask for prayer that all hinderances be moved and if God chooses not to move them then i ask in Jesus’ name, that the spirit will nable me to be a discerning of spirits as to see the enemy before the approach. I’ve only accepted Christ a shorttime ago but i know who i am in the Lord.i may not be who i am destined to be but thanks be to God i’m not who i use to be and nor do i look lije what i’ve been through.

  19. Dawnette Palfrey May 5, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    Looking at the dates here, I’m just a few years behind y’all! Well, I am a huge fan and I believe God gave me this devotional for a reason. I am going through a huge season of self love, self forgiveness of my own past transgressions, forgiveness of others wrong doings towards me (that have not asked for my forgiveness), and life direction. I struggle most with feeling worthy of what Jesus did for me up on that cross. I ask for clarity almost daily and the negative wins daily.

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