Knock, Knock! Is Anybody There?

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

Little feet. I heard them clomping across the linoleum kitchen floor and padding up the carpeted stairs…and I knew they were not my son’s. I poked my head out of my sewing room and there he stood. Three-and-a-half feet of pure mischief – my neighbor Philip.

“Philip,” I scolded, “you can’t just walk in our house like that.”

“Why not?” he asked with balled fists on his determined hips.

“Because this isn’t your house. You have to knock on the door first.”

“OK,” he said. “But is Steven home?”

Philip lived across the street from us in a bustling family of 7 homeschooled kids and 2 dogs. He  was a stocky fellow with close cropped blond hair and a gruff voice that belonged more on a seasoned smoker than a four-year-old kid.  He often wandered over to our house to ask my son, Steven, to come out and play. Steven was eight years older than Philip, but occasionally “shot hoops” with his pint-sized admirer.

I adored Philip, but he had to learn not to walk into other people’s houses at will. We had our little chat about knocking first, and then I sent him on his way.

The next day, I was working in my sewing room again when I heard a small but determined knock at the backdoor. I was in the middle of a seam and didn’t answer it. I knew who it was. Ah, I thought. He learned his lesson well.

No sooner had that thought entered my mind, I heard the door open and close, followed by the familiar squeak of little-boy tennis shoes moving through the kitchen and up the stairs.

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

“I did,” he yelled back. “You didn’t come so I came on in.”

Philip and I had another chat.

Thinking back on this incident with my tow-headed, pint-sized friend reminds me of how some people approach prayer. They knock. It seems we don’t have a problem with that part. It is what comes after the knock that trips us up.

God tells us to pray. He tells us to knock. Ask, and it will be given to you;” Jesus said. “Seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened,” (Matthew 7:7-8 NASB). But what comes after the knock?

God also tells us to wait for Him to answer the door…to answer the prayer… before moving forward. Unfortunately, many don’t want to wait. If God doesn’t answer right way, many take His silence as a “yes,” and plow right on ahead.

“Lord, should I date this man?” “Lord, should I marry this man?” “Lord, should I buy this house?” “Lord, should I look for another job?”  Knock. Knock.

If God doesn’t answer the door right away, is that license to open the door, walk right through it and do what we want? Absolutely not.

David wrote: “Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed,” (Psalm 25:3). Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You,” (Psalm 25:21 NASB). Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD,” (Psalm 27:14 NIV).

We’ll look more at this subject of next time, but you’ll just have to waitJ

Let’s Pray
Heavenly Father, I wait patiently for You. Please show me any area of my life where I have not obeyed You fully. Then give me the courage and strength to do so.   In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn
Have you ever prayed about a decision, not waited on God for the answer, and plowed ahead even though you felt unrest in your spirit?

What were the results?

Have you ever prayed about a decision, waited on God for the answer, and moved forward in total peace?

What were the results?

Regardless of the results of obedience, you can be assured that obedience always pleases God. He is more concerned with the process than the product.

Hey, don’t forget to leave a comment in the comment block!

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36 Responses to Knock, Knock! Is Anybody There?

  1. mom6 April 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Awesome! I pray, i wait, but I am still trying to figure out what the next step is. Thank you for your time to write and encourage.

  2. Nancy April 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Yes. I want to forgive a man who was terrible to me growing up. My mother allowed him to abuse me when she no longer could. I have learned to forgive her. We are convinced she is mentally ill, however, I have never been able to forgive this man no matter how much I pray or how hard I try.
    I want to be obedient to God.

    • Barbara April 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

      Forgiveness is not a feeling it is a decision. If you have to forgive this person a hundred times a day and of course repent for anything that you haven’t already done so, then that is what you do. I know I had to do it. Forgive him for everything and name them and then tell the Lord that you forgive him. As you do so the feelings that have been so hurtful will begin to dwindle and the Lord will give you peace in your heart and a release in your spirit. Now we are not talking about over night. I am sorry to say it doesn’t always happen that way. But remember God is sovereign and does what is best for us in his time. Don’t feel condemned by the enemy he is a liar. God is faithful. He sees your heart and knows your earnest desire to serve him. He loves no matter how weak we are. Keep holding on to him and letting go of the unforgiveness. Let God be God. God bless you.

  3. Lisa April 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Yes

  4. Lisa April 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    I am knocking, and trying so hard to wait for an answer…I feel the comfort of the Holy Spirit with me allowing me not to hit panic mode…yet…Please pray that I find a home for my daughters and I to rent. I was given a 28 day notice, made the decision to move in with the wonderful man I have been dating, but last saturday melted down and decided that was the wrong thing to do on several levels, morality being the biggest reason, setting a bad example for my girls another. I am desperately looking but have yet to find anything in the tiny college town where we live. Everything is either way too much money, or only one bedroom. I have everyone that I know in town searching for me, and I am getting calls, just not the right one yet. I know God will see and hear my need, hear me knocking, and open the door. When he does I will be standing with tears of thanksgiving streaming down my cheeks, those that only a mother can cry when she is desperately worried about finding a home for her children….still searching…still knocking…still praying…still listening:)

  5. Kim April 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Yes. One is leaving my current job at the end of the year, as I believe the Lord is directing me to, though I can’t shake my concern about what’s on the other side of that decision. The other, and probably the one that’s eating at me most right now is bonding more with my brother and accepting his marriage to a woman who I’m quite uncomfortable even thinking about getting to know because of the circumstances surrounding their relationship, combined with this being a decision that adds to all the pain my brother has caused my mother througout his life — and feeling incredibily guilty and unGodly that I feel that way. Wishing he would have worked things out with the woman he spent 25+ years with, who he helped raise her two older sons, and my nephew that they had together (that wasn’t a perfect relationship either, but he apparently is still coming to her asking to come back – yes, this is my brother – and I believe Maria would if she thought he’d be up and up in the relaitonship and stop cheating). My mother has struggled with my brother all her life (his problems going through school, drug abuse & alcholism, him abusing his relationship with her to get money for drugs, abandonment of his fellowship with other believers, etc.) and she’s concerned, as am I, that this woman, who was verbally abusive and rough with my parents when she intially met them (burst into the house demanding that my parents tell her where my brother was), who is raising her jailed daughter’s 4 small children, and possibly misusing the money that she receives for their care (and my brother helping her to do so), isn’t right for him or my brother for her. It just seems like a train wreck. Howerver, I have such guilt about not inviting her into my life and her children and supporting my brother in this. How can I call myself a Christian if I can’t accept this situation and be loving and supportive? Is this unforgiveness? I don’t hold a grudge – I don’t have anything against her. I guess it’s just because the situation…circumstances are so messy and our lives (my parent’s and myself) are in a good, relatively quiet place, with me raising my son and being blessed to have my parents share in his upbringing because I live with them (and double blessing due to the circumstances of me being a single mom), that I’m afraid of the upheaval — of this abrasive woman and her grandchildren running rough-shod over our lives, of my brother allowing it to happen , of them taking advantage of my parents when I eventually move out. I guess it’s fear. And I know perfect love casts out all fear, so, clearly, I’m not expressing perfect love…

    Please forgive me for this rant. It’s been killing me the last few days dealing with this. And all the devotions I’ve been recieiving lately seem to be stomping on me about not accepting my brother’s fiancee and the marriage and not doing what I need to do to be closer to my brother. I took an initial step of asking him out to dinner this weekend and tentatively asked him to church. Of course, my guilty consceince is like, you should tell him to also ask if his fiancee can join us…

    My overall prayer is delivery from fear, direction on how to deal with my brother and this stiuation. Peace of mind.

    Thank you for your devotions — I love the GIG devotions, but Sharon, yours typically speak to me in a very special way. May the Lord’s blessing and favor be upon you and your ministry and family. All the best and God Bless..

  6. Robin Olson April 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    YES!!!

  7. Robin Olson April 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Yes. I thought I had forgiven my earthly dad but I am still struggling with bitterness, hate and anger towards him. He was not there for us growing up and really does not want anything to do with us now (me, my sister and brother) It has left me feeling unloved, unwanted, abandoned and wondering why me dad would not want to be with me. what did i do as a four year old child (when my parents got divorced) that was so awful that he could not love me enough to spend time with me? He would try and buy my love but all i wanted was him…As you can see i still struggle with this. How do I truly forgive him?

  8. tinab April 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Thanks for the encouragement, Sharon! So many times I have proceeded before God opened the door and ended up facing the consequences! Truly I thank God for his grace that has allowed me to grow to this place in my life where I am finally learning to not just wait, but HOW to wait.

    I thank God for your ministry! God bless you and yours!

  9. Monalisa April 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Thank you for the devotions on Knocking before you enter. We have been (knocking)praying for God to open a door for my husband in the area of work. He is in the construction industry and has been basically unemployed since mid 2007. He has submitted numerous job applications but so far God has not opened any doors. He still gets up and goes to work everyday which allows the business to carry on but there is not enough income to pay him a salary of any amount. We have been living on my income solely for the past 4+ years. With a family of 5 adults living in the home, the rise in cost of living, the non-eixstant pay increases and the lack of income by my husband, life has become almost unbearable at times. We still serve as much or more than ever in our home church and continue to put God first in our lives. For some unknown reason, He has chosen not to open any doors in the area of employment. Please pray with us that God will make His will known very soon and that He will open a door for us to be able to have income coming in again that will meet the needs of our family. I can praise Him for His sustaining grace and provision during this difficult time. On paper, we should have filed bankruptcy along time ago!

  10. Peggy April 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Yes_ I need to forgive my brothers and sister. My whole life I have been treated as an outsider among them. They have been cruel and ignored me at times. I want to obey God and I pray for this unforgiveness daily.

  11. Rebecca April 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    I loved this knock knock it so hit home for me. I am still waiting but time is ticking. Waiting is very hard as ppl plan to move forward with there plan. I hope to hear and hear right. Please pray for me thank u.

  12. Xanadu April 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I am currently in a relationship and we are talking about marriage but we both have children from previous relationships and I feel I have been knocking on God’s door to find out if this man is the right man for me. So if you could please pray for me to get an answer, I already told my boyfriend I will marry him but I am starting to question everything :/ Thank you and God Bless 🙂

  13. Renea April 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I have a heavy heart right now … you are making me look at myself REAL HARD!!!!!

  14. Shirley April 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    I don’t know what my purpose is, I love reading, studying, researching the Word of God. I have asked God several times, but no answer. In three different dreams, God have showed me putting on a minister robe, searching for a word to preach, and sitting with other ministers, elders, and bishops with white doves hovering. If God is showing me to preach His word, it make me very nervous. I see alot of things in dreams, most of the time the dreams manifest the next day, which is a little scary. Please pray that I receive what God is showing me in my dreams. Whether it’s preaching or teaching, because He didn’t give me the spirit of fear(something I need to overcome as well). Thank you for this devotional it has open my eyes and heart to submit.

  15. Barbara April 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Thank you Sharon. This was an on time devotional. My husband is in the hospital. He had a stroke and in the worse part of the brain. It looked like every time I prayed it would be another punch in the stomach. Then you begin to try to figure things out and make plans for this and that when really God Is In Control. My family has seen many miracles with doctors and nurses and everyone that has been on his case and yet sometime I try to figure it out. He is going to a Skilled Therapy facility today and this morning I was laying in the bed trying to figure out how I will keep him there if he is not quite ready to come home. My pastor call it “Plan B”. Well praise God I made up my mind even before I got out the bed it would be plan A and only plan A. His plan. Jer 29:11 I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not for evil. Hab 2:3 The vision it yet for an appointed time. it will speak, it will not lie, it may tarry, wait for it, Because it shall surely come. Now having done all we wait and hold fast to our confession of faith.
    Your article confirmed everything for me. God is an on time God and he is in control. God bless you and your ministry.

  16. Dayna April 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Yes

  17. Eniola Temitope April 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Yes

  18. Pamela April 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Very well written!!! We all can relate to waiting on God.

  19. Sharon Newmann April 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Yes, you’re right about waiting on God but what if you didn’t and you married a person who you thought would make a good mate, only to find out that he doesn’t share the same Christian way of thinking as you do. He said he was a Christian but not a strong one. After praying for him through 38 years of marriage, I’m still waiting for him to value God in his life and me also. He disrespects me and thinks that’s okay because his own Mother was treated that way and he thought that was okay. Sometimes I just want to give up but God won’t allow me to. I know God hates divorce and I respect and love God, so I keep waiting. What else can I do?

  20. Sehra April 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Yes…

  21. Angel April 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Yes! I have areas where I am not obedient to God. My father treated me terribly as I grew up. He abused me alone out of all his 4 children. I hadn’t forgiven him completely, but after reading this article I completely forgave him.
    There is a wonderful man that I am in love with. We were together for 4 years and we broke up last year. I’m so confused because I keep feeling that God is telling me not to give up on him even though he’s treating me unkindly, and he says he doesn’t want to be with me anymore. This is the part of my life that is blocking me from moving on. I pray, but I don’t know if God wants me to forget about him and move on or have faith and wait. We were going to get married and he was my first boyfriend. I’m confused and in pain.
    Thank you for the article.

  22. Lisa April 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Yes, my husband and I have been struggling in our new marriage for 4 years with numerous problems. I keep praying for an exit door, but the Lord keeps telling me to “wait.” Even both of our parents don’t understand why we stay. I want to be obediant to the Lord and trust His way, but it is so hard at times.

  23. April April 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    In my deepest desire to be obedient to God I stumble. I have forgiven to be trespassed against yet again. Then I ask how shall I continue on. With lies pouring out shamelessly against me and tearing me down. I continue to search my soul to forgive this person and with every new challenge it is more difficult. Please pray for me as I fight the evil thoughts and struggle to forgive yet again. I so desperately want to have that clear direction and healing in my life that only He can provide. Thanks and God Bless!

  24. alyssa April 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    I am seeking to divorce me husband…its been a mess of a marriage before we said I do…though we were saved already and serving God. He has been unfaithful two times for a period of 6-7 years…we have been married 13…I started out holding on and believing for restoration…but right now I just want peace in co-parenting our kids. Waiting in separation is something I never wanted to do. I have read a million books and stories..even the one on Joan…I need God to answer…waiting is just not an option anymore.

  25. Fredi April 6, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    I’m asking for prayer around a man that has been brought in my life that I truly feel I’ve been led to as a husband. He’s a remarkable man of God, however, things have not progressed in that area. I’ve been seeking God, His Will for my life, and praying for the relationship/marriage that would truly honor Him. I long to have that with this man and am trying to wait on God to answer. It’s been VERY hard in being patient at times and yet other times very assuring and peaceful. I’m ask for prayer around this situation, my heart, continual strength in allowing God to lead me and answer me. Thank you.

  26. Rita April 6, 2012 at 1:48 am #

    I find myself with so many things on my waiting list. Shamefully, I have tried to help God out. For those who share their problems with me, I feel empowered by the Holy Spirit to be an intercessor. However, there are times I feel so burden especially when I am wrestling with my own personal agenda and others. At these times, I have been able to knock at the door and find comfort in small unexpected acts of kindness. Especially then, I know that He has heard my knock and invited me in to sup with Him. They show up as an inspirational card in the mail, a phone call from a friend whom I have not spoken to in awhile, or an uplifting text message. It’s at these times, I know that He heard my knock and invited me in to find comfort and contentment. Sometimes, I believe we tend to want a thunderous reply when we knock, nevertheless, He also replies in that still small voice.

  27. erma April 6, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Is God Enough? I learning each and everygay He’s More than enough,i was force into early retirement in 2009,no insurence,stuck with a lots of credit cards,became ill with high blood pressure,had to see a doctor,he put me on three meds,I use all my savings and my income was 851.00 a month the rest id history,but in my lowest moments in my life is God Enough? yes ! When you seek Him! I’m still seeking Him,because i want to know His will for my life. erma april 5,2012

  28. Rebeca April 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    I paint and I keep hearing god say do what you do best, and you will make money Will do I NO what am I waiting for ? I fight this all the time. But what I remember is that my mom use to tell me that painting are for dummy’s. I have to for give her I say I do, but do I. that is my fight. becky

  29. Patricia April 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    Thank you for letting me see what I did know but I did not want it to see, there are many things yet that I need to change and obey God before asking more. Forgiveness is the first step I need to do, so I can love myself the way He does. I want to serve Him, I want that the project at Ciudad de Dios (Arequipa-Peru) glorifies Him, not me. Please pray for me and this project, many women and families broken are there that need God’s healing love, but I hv to start with mine. God bless you!. Patricia

  30. joanne April 7, 2012 at 3:58 am #

    Waiting on a husband for some time

  31. Ketty April 7, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Yes!!!

  32. baldwin chimela April 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    hi!am really struggling with unforgiveness,impatience,anger,feelings of bitterness and rejection…i have gone for counselling and prayed but i still dont know how to let go,and iv seen that it does have an impact on all my relationships and my desire to serve God..please pray with me and help me overcome this…thank you.God bless you

  33. Janice April 8, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    YES. I am holding on to an old relationship that wasn’t that good for me then, and surely wouldn’t now. I am holding anger towards my husband. I have habits that need breaking,

  34. Kathy Sturgis April 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    HI Sharon
    God told me to wait two years ago in answer to prayers when I read Ps. 37:7. So I have been seeking listening trying not to DO. You reminded me to keep waiting but it is getting long and I am getting anxious. TODAY I need prayer to stay put and listen and learn to be still. I have. Been one who thinks I must perform for God so waiting as obedience is new and sometimes scary. PLEASE pray that I will stay right here and be satisfied waiting For God to ask. Thank you.

  35. Rosita June 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    3 yrs ago I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. During this time I had 3 surgeries and a total of 12 chemos. Before each surgery I did have thoughts of – maybe it was my time to meet my heavenly Father but thrice I woke up only to find myself back on earth. During quiet time I asked Him consistently to show me clearly what He wanted me to do for Him. Yesterday, I was inspired with a word “WAIT” followed by Patience from 2 Peter :3. I am pondering on Patience is the Lord’s Salvation. I have been deeply encouraged by several scripture passages on patience. During this time I also stumbled onto this website and I do believe that it is divine providence.

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